Restaurant’s swipe at health department amid COVID cases
A southwest Sydney restaurant has hit back at claims it didn't properly record diners' details after several COVID-19 cases were linked to the venue.
NSW Health issued a new warning last night for Jasmins1 Lebanese restaurant in Liverpool after an employee was diagnosed with the virus.
The staff member, who worked three shifts at the restaurant, is the state's only locally acquired coronavirus case recorded in the past 24 hours while two hotel quarantine cases were also identified.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said on Monday the restaurant did not keep accurate customer records.
"Our priority now is to chase down everybody who was at that restaurant when that infectious person was there," she said.
"There weren't QR codes recorded (and) there weren't individual sign-ins.
"So we are undertaking regulatory activity, we are reviewing their COVID safety plan, we will take that action."
In a bizarre post on the restaurant's Facebook page, administrators posted screenshots of CCTV showing government officials signing in to the venue, and took aim at reports of safety breaches.
"Oh dear, oh dear Jasmins is famous on the news, you all heard so I am going to show you. Please reply to these reporters they need a sock in the mouth," it said.
"The health unit have stated we are not using the covid rule facility, the officer came in and sighned (sic). And the health unit officer wich (sic) his bosses accused Jasmins got his temperature take (sic) and signed (sic) in on entry.
"Blind is not the word can you give it a name for me."
Anyone who worked at the restaurant or attended during the following times is considered a close contact and must get tested immediately:
Monday 26 October, 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 31 October, 3pm - 8pm
Sunday 1 November, 9am - 1.45pm
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there is no excuse for venues not to have QR codes.
"We will throw the book at anybody who doesn't have a COVID-safe plan, (and anyone) who not only doesn't have a QR code system in place but doesn't even have a sign-in system in place," she said on Monday.
"You cannot rely on the one person who made a group booking - that's not how it works."
Originally published as Restaurant's swipe at NSW Health amid COVID cases