Public health advice regarding event at Ryde Civic Hall
Published on 20 March 2020
NSW Health have issued a public health warning for anyone who attended the Sydney Church of Christ service held at Ryde Civic Hall, 1 Devlin Street on Sunday 8 March 2020.
Nine people who attended the service have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated 22 March 2020).
NSW Health is asking the approximately 300 people who attended the event to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
COVID-19 symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.
NSW Health have advised anyone who attended the event and feels unwell to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The National Coronavirus Health Information Line can be reached on 1800 020 080.
At no stage did NSW Health contact the City of Ryde to directly inform Council about the confirmed COVID-19 cases prior to today’s media announcement.
The Sydney Church of Christ service was held prior to the Federal Government restricting the number of people at non-essential indoor events to 100 or fewer. The City of Ryde can also confirm that no other events were held at the Ryde Civic Hall on 8 March 2020.
Council staff have now spoken to NSW Health who have advised that there was an extremely low risk of infection for any subsequent event held at the Ryde Civic Hall after 8 March 2020.
Council is now contacting all the hirers who used the venue after 8 March 2020 to inform them about the situation.
The Ryde Civic Hall is closed until further notice.
The Ryde Civic Hall undergoes regular cleaning after each hire of the venue including disinfecting doors and handrails and will undergo a further deep clean, which will include stringent infection control procedures.
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