Melburnians Who Visited Parts of Queen Victoria Market During a Two-Hour Period Must Self-Isolate
QVM's sheds A and B have been added to Melbourne's list of exposure sites.
Victoria has just entered its fourth day of a snap five-day lockdown, in an attempt to stop Melbourne's Holiday Inn COVID-19 cluster from growing. But if you visited the Queen Victoria Market during a specific window of time back on Thursday, February 11, you'll need to get comfortable at home for a while longer — because parts of the venue have been added to the exposure site list.
A confirmed COVID-19 case visited QVM's sheds A and B between 8.25–10.10am on the day in question, which covers the area also known as section two — including the market's fruit and vegetable setup. These parts of QVM are now classified as 'Tier 1', which means that anyone who visited them during the designated time is required to immediately isolate, get a test and remain isolated for 14 days, regardless of the test result.
Three tram trips on the same morning have also been added to the Tier 1 list: the number 11 from Harbour Esplanade/Collins Street (stop D16) to William Street/Collins Street (stop 3), which made that journey between 7.55–8.10am; the number 58 from Bourke Street/William Street (stop 5) to Victoria Market/Peel Street (stop 9) from 8.10–8.25am; and the number 58 again, this time making the reverse journey from 9.40–9.55am.
New exposure sites keep being added as new cases are confirmed, and you can find the full list of exposure sites at the Victorian Government Department of Health website.
For those looking to get tested, you can find a list of testing sites — including regularly updated waiting times — also on the Victorian Government Department of Health website.
At the time of writing, Victoria has 25 active COVID-19 cases, including two new locally acquired cases reported in the 24 hours to 12am today, Tuesday, February 16. Victoria had previously spanned 28 days without any new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, before a hotel quarantine worker at the Grand Hyatt Hotel tested positive to the virus on Wednesday, February 3. Just four days later, a second hotel quarantine worker, this time at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport also tested positive.
For further details on the latest exposure sites and updated public health advice, see the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Published on February 16, 2021 by Sarah Ward