The owner of Trappers Bakery in Goulburn says he’s concerned the business will take a financial hit after it was declared a coronavirus exposure venue on Tuesday (1 June).
Keith Woodman said he was “shocked” after being told by NSW Health a positive case had visited the bakery for a short time on Monday, 24 May.
“Financially, it’s not good. The Woodman family has done it pretty tough in the past 18 months with the bushfires first and now COVID-19,” Mr Woodman said.
The family-owned business closed on Wednesday (2 June), for a comprehensive clean and to allow staff to get tested.
However, Mr Woodman said he was worried it was too late for the deep clean to work, given it had been more than a week since the person from Melbourne, who has since returned a positive COVID-19 test, visited the bakery.
“We’re doing the right thing, nevertheless,” he said.
Mr Woodman said the consolation was that staff from the Goulburn business hadn’t gone to work at the family’s Braidwood Bakery since the exposure.
Even Mr Woodman, who is in his 70s and usually at the bakery every day, was in Cowra on 24 May.
“That was probably a good thing, so I don’t have to worry about it,” he said.
Staff at Trappers Bakery were also able to fill bread orders for local businesses and make the pies for the Braidwood Bakery on Wednesday, which meant the business didn’t lose all of its income.
Mr Woodman said Trappers Bakery would reopen on Thursday.
“It’s been full-on, but hopefully, we’re back to normal tomorrow. Yes, we will lose financially, but otherwise, it will all be good,” he said.
The positive case also visited Coles Express Goulburn Big Merino, opposite Trappers Bakery, on 24 May.
Coles said its standard cleaning procedures comply with state and federal guidelines, and frequent cleaning and sanitisation had occurred since the customer visited.
The person also travelled to locations in Jervis Bay, Hyams Beach and Vincentia.
The critical locations are:
- Shell Coles Express Big Merino, Goulburn – 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Monday, 24 May.
- Trapper’s Bakery, Sowerby Street, Goulburn – 10:30 am to 11:.30 am, Monday, 24 May.
- Crooked Goose Cafe (formerly Hyams Beach Cafe), 76 Cyrus Street, Hyams Beach – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Sunday, 23 May.
- Green Patch campground, Booderee National Park, Village Bay Road, Jervis Bay – all day Sunday, 23 May, and 9:00 am, Monday, 24 May.
- Coles Vincentia Shopping Village, 21 The Wool Road, Vincentia – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Sunday, 23 May.
It’s understood that the person from Melbourne visited the area while potentially infectious but before displaying symptoms. They drove back to Melbourne last Monday and were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday after becoming unwell.
It’s possible that the list of exposure sites could grow as contact tracers work to establish the person’s exact route. The trip took place before Victoria was locked down on Thursday afternoon.
NSW Health says it’s contacted 243 people who attended exposure locations, including 129 who visited Trappers Bakery and seven who were at Coles Express.
No COVID-19 has been detected in sewage tests in Goulburn so far, however, authorities will increase screening.
People are urged to remain vigilant for symptoms and get tested even if those are minimal.
The following clinics are open for testing in Goulburn:
- Goulburn Capital Pathology – 127 Bourke Street – booking required via (02) 4821 4011.
- Goulburn Base Hospital – 130 Goldsmith Street – no booking required.
To find your nearest testing clinic, visit NSW COVID-19 or contact your GP.