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Anyone Who Visited Prahran Market During an Almost Two-Hour Period Must Now Self-Isolate

The inner south spot has just been added to Victoria's now 385-venue list of exposure sites.
By Sarah Ward
July 22, 2021
By Sarah Ward
July 22, 2021

If you're not spending your Saturday morning in bed, then you might be known to start your weekend by hitting up a market or heading out for a mid-morning coffee. Melburnians, if that was you on Saturday, July 17, you could now need to spend a fortnight in self-isolation.

Prahran Market has just been added to Victoria's growing list of exposure sites — a list that currently has 385 venues — with a positive COVID-19 case visiting the spot last weekend. It has been designated a Tier 1 venue, so if you were there between 9.40–11.15am last Saturday, you'll now need to get tested straight away and then self-quarantine for a fortnight.

The case alert applies to the entire market during that nearly two-hour window. A separate alert has been issued for Market Lane Coffee at Prahran Market, too, between 10.30–11am that same morning. It is also a Tier 1 venue, so the same testing and self-isolation requirements apply.

Victoria was already in lockdown on Saturday, July 17, so hopefully that'll minimise the number of folks who were at the market during the identified period. Still, that exposure site list just keeps rocketing up. Back on Friday, July 16, it included 125 venues, and then jumped to 320 on Tuesday, before hitting 385 today, Thursday, July 22.

The Victorian Department of Health has been updating its register as new places are identified, as it does during all outbreaks. Given that Victorians can only leave the house for a limited number of reasons during lockdown, it should come as no surprise that many of the new venues being added are markets, supermarkets, cafes and eateries, as well as public transport routes.

As always, Melburnians can keep an eye on the local list of exposure sites at the Department of Health website — it will keep being updated as more sites are reported.

For those looking to get tested, you can find a list of testing sites including regularly updated waiting times also on the Department of Health website.

And, has remained the case throughout the pandemic, Melburnians should be looking out for coughs, fever, sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, or loss of smell or taste, symptoms-wise.

For further details on the latest exposure sites and updated public health advice, see the Department of Health website.

Top image: HappyWaldo via Wikimedia Commons.

Published on July 22, 2021 by Sarah Ward


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