Six new exposure sites have been listed in and around Melbourne after a family of four returned from Sydney to their home in Craigieburn last week. Two of them have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

On top of that, a group of three removalists also travelled from Sydney to deliver furniture to a family of four in Craigieburn and another in Maribyrnong, before heading onward to Adelaide and then returning to Sydney. One of the removalists was confirmed by NSW Health to have been a close contact of a case in Sydney.

Apparently health authorities’ interviews with this trio of removalists are proving “complex and challenging” which sounds like a bad thing.

“We’re getting slightly ­different messages from the individuals about exactly what they did,” COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said.

“We’re seeking to validate the nature of their business and exactly the weight of their travel, and whether they complied with those restrictions contained in that permit.”

The entire Ariele apartment complex in Maribyrnong has even been locked down, with residents only able to leave to get a COVID test or in the event of an emergency.

Melburnians are now being asked to get tested ASAP and isolate for 14 days (regardless of the result) if you’ve visited a Tier 1 exposure site, such as the Macca’s and petrol station in Ballan.

For Tier 2 sites, people are being urged to get tested ASAP are isolate until it returns a negative result. Both instances should also contact the Department of Health on 1300 651 160.

Finally, anyone who visited a Tier 3 site – in this case, the Craigieburn Central shopping centre except for Coles – must monitor closely for symptoms and get tested if any develop.

The exposure sites are as follows:

Ballan: Mobil Ballan (westbound) from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on July 8, 2021 (Tier 1)

Ballan: McDonald’s Ballan – Westbound from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on July 8, 2021 (Tier 1)

Broadmeadows: Metro Petroleum from 1:19pm – 2:04pm on July 11, 2021 (Tier 2)

Craigieburn: Craigieburn Central from 5:28pm – 6:38pm on July 10, 2021 (Tier 3)

Craigieburn: Coles at Craigieburn Central from 5:28pm – 6:38pm on July 10, 2021 (Tier 1)

Maribyrnong: Ariele Apartments from 1:00pm on July 8, 2021 (Tier 1) until 11:59pm on July 12, 2021 (Tier 2)

On top of that, Qantas Flight QF1542 from Launceston to Melbourne (between 10:15am and 11:20am on July 2, 2021) has also been listed as a Tier 2 exposure site).

The full list of exposure site in and around Melbourne will continue to be updated at the Victorian Government website.

Once again, it’s up to everyone to get tested if need be. But now some of us also have the chance to get vaccinated, which is our ticket out of this mess. You can see if you’re eligible for the COVID jab here.

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