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Ikea store one of many venues added to Victoria virus hot spot list

A popular Ikea store in Melbourne’s southeast has been added to the list of Victorian locations exposed to the coronavirus as the state recorded three more locally acquired cases on Tuesday.The state also recorded one new case in an overseas arrival in hotel quarantine.The Department of Health and Human Services added Ikea Springvale – on…

A popular Ikea store in Melbourne’s southeast has been added to the list of Victorian locations exposed to the coronavirus as the state recorded three more locally acquired cases on Tuesday.

The state also recorded one new case in an overseas arrival in hotel quarantine.

The Department of Health and Human Services added Ikea Springvale – on the Princes Highway – to its hot-spot list after a confirmed case of COVID-19 shopped there between 4-6.30pm on December 30.

An infected diner – believed to be the same person – then ate at the Ikea cafe and restaurant, with the exposure time between 5.30-6.30pm on December 30.

Customers, co-workers and service providers who visited the restaurant at Ikea Springvale between that time must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure.

While customers, co-workers and service providers who visited the store between the listed exposure time – but did not visit the restaurant – must get tested immediately and quarantine until a negative result is received.

The Sikh Temple in Keysborough was added as an exposure site on Tuesday, with anyone who attended the site between 3-5pm on January 1 asked to get tested immediately and quarantine until a result is received.

Health alerts were also issued for Melbourne restaurants such as Nandos and Mexican eatery Fonda, while popular bars such as the Melbourne Central Lion Hotel and European Bier Cafe have also been put on alert.

Tao Dumplings in Camberwell and Merrymen Cafe in Hampton have also been hit by the virus, while Stomping Ground Brewery in Collingwood hosted an infected diner.

Anyone who visited an Ishka store on Beach Street in Frankston between 3-3.15pm on December 31 have been asked to monitor for symptoms.

It comes after a Boost Juice employee who worked at Melbourne’s Chadstone shopping centre tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.

The centre management said both kiosks were shut as a precaution and deep cleaned.

Health authorities have also flagged the risk of transmission at Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars, Moorabbin, as being far greater than initially thought.

The shop is now subject to a two-week quarantine order.

Anyone who visited these locations listed on the DHHS website must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days regardless of symptoms.

ABBOTSFORD: Bodriggy Brewing Company from 2.50-5.30pm on December 28.

CAMBERWELL: Tao Dumplings from 12.30-1.30pm on December 29.

CHELTENHAM: Two Bob Snob from 1-2pm on December 22.

COLLINGWOOD: Stomping Ground Brewing from 6-7.30pm on December 28.

DOCKLANDS: Melbourne Boat Hire – Yarra River Cruise from 11.26am-2pm on December 28.

HAMPTON: Merrymen Cafe from 1.30-2.30pm on December 28.

MELBOURNE: Melbourne Central Lion Hotel from 10pm-12am on December 28.

MELBOURNE: Nandos 27 Elizabeth Street from 2-2.30am on January 1.

MELBOURNE: European Bier Cafe City from 8-9.30pm on December 28.

MELBOURNE: Fonda Flinders Lane from 6-7.30pm on December 29.

MOORABBIN: Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars from 2-10pm on December 21; 10am-6pm on December 22; 1-10pm on December 24; 8.05-8.47pm on December 28; 12-4pm on December 29.

SPRINGVALE: Ikea Springvale – cafe and restaurant – from 5.30-6.30pm on December 30.

SPRINGVALE: Ikea store Princes Hwy from 4-6.30pm on December 30.

NUNAWADING: Good Guys from 9.30-10am on December 29.

Other locations have also been listed for people to monitor for symptoms, including an Ishka store on Beach Street in Frankston, a Coles in Bentleigh and a Bunnings store in Box Hill South.

A full list of exposure sites can be found on the DHHS website.

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