ATTENDEES at a Karingal cinema have been thrown into 14 days of isolation after a COVID-19 positive case saw a film there.
The Karingal Village Cinemas has been listed as a tier one exposure site by the Department of Health. A person attended a screening of Black Widow in cinema seven from 6pm until 8:30pm on 12 July, then later tested positive for COVID-19.
Anyone else who also attended the Black Widow screening has been told to isolate for two weeks.
Chemist Warehouse Karingal has been listed as a tier two exposure site. Visitors to the chemist between 5.40pm and 5.50pm, and 8.30pm and 8.50pm on 12 July were asked to get tested and isolate until they received their result. A positive COVID-19 case attended the venue.
Melbourne went into a five day lockdown on Thursday night, 15 July. The restrictions are the same as the last snap lockdown, meaning people can only leave home for shopping, caregiving, exercise, authorised work and study, and to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The five kilometre travel limit was put into place. Face masks must be worn at all times.
As of publication deadline, it has not been confirmed if the lockdown will end as planned or be extended.
13 new COVID-19 cases, all linked to the current outbreak, were announced on 19 July. There are 81 active cases in Victoria. There are no active COVID-19 cases among Frankston residents.
When announcing the lockdown, Premier Daniel Andrews said “we now have new cases, new exposure sites and a strain of this virus that is wildly infectious. We’ve seen this strain before and you probably already know what we need to do next.”
“Victoria will not wait to act. We know that not much good comes from waiting. Waiting could see more people infected and the number of exposure sites explode. If we act now, while we’re right on the heels of this outbreak, we can give ourselves every chance of getting ahead of it,” he said.
Financial support for businesses affected by lockdown has been announced. For more information visit business.vic.gov.au