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Brisbanites Who Visited Garden City Shopping Centre May Need to Get Tested and Self-Isolate

Brisbane's latest lockdown has ended, but new venues keep being added to the exposure site list.
By Sarah Ward
September 10, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
September 10, 2021
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It's been more than a month since Brisbane's last lockdown ended, but keeping an eye on COVID-19 exposure sites definitely isn't a thing of the past. On Thursday, September 9, Queensland Health issued a new public health alert that named the city's latest venues that've been visited by someone who since tested positive — and, as has happened a few times now during the pandemic, Garden City shopping centre in Upper Mount Gravatt is the big, well-known and busy spot on the list.

You know the drill from here, because naming locations and venues that positive coronavirus cases have visited is a key element of Queensland's containment strategy, and has been since last year. Also a core part of the plan: requiring people who've attended the same sites at the same time to take action, including self-isolating and getting tested.

So, if you went to Garden City, the biggest shopping centre in Brisbane's south, on Sunday, September 5 and Monday, September 6, you may need to get tested for COVID-19 and then self-isolate. Four sites within the centre have been named as close contact venues, which requires immediately quarantining at home, getting tested as soon as you can, completing the online contact tracing form and continuing to quarantine for 14 days even if you get a negative result. That applies to you if you were at Grill'd in the Garden City town centre on the Sunday from 8–9.30pm or on the Monday from 5.35–6.05pm, at Momo Chicken and Beer on level two near Timezone on the Monday between 5.05–5.30pm, in the male toilet on level two near the food court between 5.20–5.40pm the same day, and at Cinnabon from 5.20–5.45pm on the Monday.

The Garden City town centre has also been listed as a casual exposure site from 8–9.30pm on the Sunday and between 5–6.05pm on the Monday, while the level two food court has been put in the same category from 5–6.05pm on the Monday as well. If you were at any of these spots at those times, you need to isolate ASAP, get tested, then keep self-isolating until you get a negative result.

And, the whole Westfield Garden City shopping centre has been added to the list as a low-risk site from 5–6.05pm on the Monday, too. That requires getting tested ASAP, then monitoring for symptoms.

Other places that've joined the exposure sites list recently include the BP service station on the corner of Randolph Street and Boundary Road in Archerfield on both the Sunday and the Monday — for the full list, head to the Queensland Health website.

As always, the usual advice regarding COVID-19 applies anyway. So, requests regarding social distancing, hygiene and getting tested if you're feeling even the slightest possible COVID-19 symptoms in general are still in effect, as they have since March 2020.

As last reported on Thursday, September 9, Queensland currently has 21 active cases.

For more information about the status of COVID-19 in Queensland, head to the Queensland COVID-19 hub and the Queensland Health website.

Top image: Google Maps.

Published on September 10, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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