Kmart store closes as employee tests positive to coronavirus

Shoppers have been urged to be on high alert if they've visited the store.

A Kmart Australia employee has tested positive to COVID-19 after being in contact with a friend who caught the virus at a Sydney pub. 

The teenager has been not yet been identified, however he did work at the Kmart store in Casula. It is believed the Kmart employee had been with an 18-year-old friend who is employed at the Crossroads Hotel, who tested positive to coronavirus earlier this week.

As a result, the Kmart store has undergone a deep clean by staff dressed in contamination suits July 13, in a bid to control a potential coronavirus outbreak.

Shoppers were quick to share photos of a note posted outside the South-Western Sydney store which read:

"Dear customers, our store is currently closed for deep cleaning following a confirmed case of COVID-19 of one of our team members.

"Our priority is to ensure the safety of our customers and team members. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time."

This news comes as fears grow in the region. The NSW government is set to introduce stricter operating rules for pubs and clubs after more than 20 COVID-19 cases were linked to the Crossroads Hotel, which is located withing the same suburb as the potentially infected Kmart store.

As of July 14, groups of no more than 10 are allowed to enter an establishment, according to NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian.

After discussions with the Australian Hotels Association, the state has decided to tighten restrictions.

“Unfortunately what they’ve told us is when you have more than 10 in a group booking in a pub or hotel setting, people are mingling and they shouldn’t be mingling,” she explained.

“We want everybody seated, no common use of cutlery, no common use of anything... these are basic things to follow to keep everybody safe.”

Residents in the state of Victoria are currently in a stage three lockdown.

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