The Thai Rock restaurant at Wetherill Park will reopen on Tuesday after it became the epicentre of the biggest second wave coronavirus cluster to rock Sydney.
It comes as Newtown’s Time for Thai restaurant, which has no links or connections to Thai Rock, announced it would be closed “until further notice” due to a COVID-positive diner.
“Public Health NSW has notified us of a positive COVID-19 case attending the premises on Friday, 28th August 2020 between 6:00pm – 7:30pm,” a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page read.
“If you attended the restaurant between those times, please contact Public Health NSW and self isolate for 14 days.
“We will be closed for deep cleaning until further notice.”
A total of 114 cases were linked to the Thai Rock cluster, which still has no known source, and the restaurant shut for six weeks as a result, with staff undergoing 14 days isolation.
To reopen, owners David and Stephanie Boyd have implemented thermal imaging cameras, ozone water and hi-tech hand sanitiser.
Mrs Boyd told A Current Affair the extreme measures were taken so customers could feel safe in the wake of the horror infection.
“(It’s) mainly to give our customers and the local community that confidence to know that they can trust us … that there’s multiple layers of protection,” Mrs Boyd said.
Thai Rock has posted extensively about its new health strategies on social media and has offered to provide “walk throughs” of the technology to any customer looking for more reassurance.
Regular diners have rallied behind Mr and Mrs Boyd with many wishing them luck on their first day of trading and vowing to show up in support.
“Steph and David, don’t you worry we’ll be there to support you and your family,” one wrote.
Another added: “Oh thank God, I need Pad Thai and curry puffs.”