The Queensland Premier attended the same location of an infected person on COVID-19 this week, who reported that they were missing an hour during his visit to the Gold Coast.
- Annastacia Palaszczuk visited the same Coolangatta café as a person infected with COVID on Monday
- Café owners and staff are self quarantining, but not Premier required
- The wrong cafe was listed on Queensland Health’s list of exposure sites but has since been corrected
Regular customers at the Coolangatta café said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was spotted at Haig St Café around 9:00 a.m. Monday early in her daily press conference.
According to Queensland Health, a COVID-positive person linked to the Brisbane law firm attended the same cafe between 7.30am and 7.55am, just an hour before the Premier was seen there.
It is understood the man and his family traveled to the Gold Coast on September 25 and infected the community for four days.
Haig St Café became a place of exposure as a result of their visit, but the wrong place was listed online on Friday.
A local Coolangatta business manager and regular Haig St customer said he passed the Premier while grabbing his coffee on Monday morning.
“I get my coffee there every morning,” he said.
“When I walked over to get my coffee, the girls said,‘ Annastacia must be doing his press conference soon ’.
“I turned around and he was at the entrance of the café by the door.
“I remember because I was disappointed that there were four people standing there blocking the path [to get in], I have to squeeze between them to get to the counter.
According to a spokesperson for the Premier, Ms Palaszczuk was not required to test or isolate herself because she was not at the café in conjunction with the COVID-positive person.
“The Premier was in that area on Monday but not at the time of the exposure” the spokesman said.
“Queensland Health has confirmed that no action is required.”
Wrong cafe listed as area of exposure
Four days after the Premier and the COVID positive visit to Haig St Café on Monday, Queensland Health listed Kirramisu Café & Restaurant online as a casual place of exposure.
The problem: Kirramisu Café & Restaurant is not the venue visited, instead it is located next to Haig St Café and has the same owners, and it has been closed since August.
According to the owners and Instagram pages of the cafes, Kirramisu has been temporarily closed for several months “due to the current situation on the border”.
On Saturday morning, the owners wrote on each cafe’s Facebook page saying they closed for deep cleanliness and “instructed all of our staff to try and isolate themselves”.
According to Queensland Health, there was confusion over which café was visited, leading to the wrong location being listed.
In a statement, a spokesperson said, “There are a number of external factors that affect contact tracking efforts including whether someone has used the Check In Qld app, as well as a person’s ability to concern exactly where they are and at what time.
“We thank the business for their cooperation and swift action in protecting their staff and community.”
The cafe was added from the Queensland Health website, in conjunction with the temporarily closed Kirramisu Café.
Current exposure areas for the Gold Coast include locations in Coolangatta, Kirra, Mermaid Waters, Merrimac, Surfers Paradise, Nerang, Tugun, Miami and Runaway Bay.
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