23 Jun 2021

Wellington Covid-19 visitor: Locations of interest include Te Papa, central city bar and pharmacy

6:17 pm on 23 June 2021

The Covid-19 positive traveller to Wellington visited to Te Papa, an inner city bar and a central city pharmacy, among locations of interest identified by the Ministry of Health.

Covid-19 Wellington locations of interest: Te Papa Surrealist Art Exhibition

The Covid-19 positive tourist went to an exhibition in Te Papa and visited an inner Wellington bar and a central city pharmacy on Saturday. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

The man, who along with his partner spent the weekend the capital as a tourist, tested positive for the virus on return to Australia.

Four close contacts in New Zealand have been identified and are isolating.

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The Ministry of Health has released the locations visited by the tourist on Saturday and Sunday.

Locations of interest

  • 19 June: Qantas Flight QF163 Sydney to Wellington, arrived at Wellington International Airport at 12.05am
  • From 12am on 19 June to 9.10am on 21 June: Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street, Pipitea, Wellington
  • 19 June: Prince Barbers, 75C Featherston Street, Pipitea, Wellington, 8.45am to 1pm
  • 19 June: Unichem Wellington Central Pharmacy, 204 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 10.38am to 11.48am
  • 19 June: Te Papa Tongarewa - general, 55 Cable Street, Wellington, 3.05pm to 5.45pm
  • 19 June: Te Papa Tongarewa - Exhibition Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 55 Cable Street, 4pm to 5.45pm
  • 19 June: Jack Hackett's Bar, 5 Inglewood Place, Wellington, 8.45pm to 12am
  • 19 June: 4 Kings Bar at Jack Hacketts (toilets only) 5 Inglewood Place, 8.45pm
  • 19 June: Floridita's Restaurant, 161 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington, 12.45pm to 4pm
  • 19 June: Highwater Eatery 54 Cuba Street, Wellington, 5.45pm to 9.30pm
  • 20 June: Pickle & Pie cafe, 2 Lombard Street, Wellington, 9.45am to 11.37am
  • 20 June: The Weta Cave shop, 1 Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington, 11.10am to 12.30pm
  • 20 June: Adam Art Gallery on Victoria University's Kelburn campus, 12.30pm to 1.10pm
  • 20 June: The Lido cafe, 81 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington, 1pm to 2.45pm
  • 20 June: Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington Central, 1.50pm to 3.05pm
  • 20 June: Countdown Cable Lane 280/284 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6pm to 7.15pm
  • 20 June: One Red Dog, 56 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, 7pm to 9pm
  • 21 June: Wellington Airport Foodcourt - all people seated in the food court area between 8.30am to 9.55am
Covid-19 Wellington locations of interest: Jack Hackett's Irish Pub

The visitor went to Jack Hackett's Irish Pub on Saturday evening. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

What to do

Anyone on the Qantas flight, at Te Papa, Jack Hackett's Bar and toilets at 4 Kings Bar at Jack Hacketts, Floridita's, Highwater Eatery, Pickle & Pie cafe, the Weta Cave shop, Lido cafe and One Red Dog at the times listed is asked to isolate/quarantine for 14 days from last exposure, test immediately, and on day five after last exposure and day 12 after last exposure and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Those at the other locations should stay at home, get a test around day five after last exposure and stay at home until negative test result is received, and self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms develop, get a test immediately and stay at home until negative test result is received. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

A Covid-19 testing centre at 196-200 Taranaki Street is open from 10am to 4pm.

Whitby Collegiate north of Wellington closed early today and will re-open on Monday after eight staff confirmed they were at Te Papa during the period of concern.

The staff were setting up for the senior school ball which was held at the museum on Saturday night.

They are considered casual plus contacts and will be tested tomorrow.

The school is not required to close, but will do so as a precaution and because of reduced staffing numbers.

Victoria University confirmed the infected traveller visited its Adam Art Gallery on its Kelburn campus on Sunday from 12.30pm for about 40 minutes, however a university spokesperson said the traveller and their companions were the only members of the public there at that time.

The staff member who was working at the time is isolating at home. The gallery was closed until further notice for cleaning.

At Wellington Airport, anyone who went through customs between 11.30pm on Friday night and 1am Saturday was advised to self-monitor and seek testing if symptoms developed.

Likewise, while people seated at the foodcourt between 8am and 10am were at a location of interest at the relevant time and should seek testing, others who were at the airport should also self-monitor for symptoms.

Updates on the locations of interest are on the Ministry of Health website here.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the positive case noticed symptoms on Monday morning before leaving on the mid-morning flight from Wellington Airport.

Hipkins says the person had had one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

"It's low-risk but not no risk. The person was vaccinated. The pub, where it's higher density setting, and the exhibition at Te Papa which I understand was a busy exhibition, obviously creates an additional element of risk."

Te Papa said it was closing for the day after three contacts of Covid-19 cases visited on Saturday.

Te Papa said between 2000 and 2500 people visited the museum at the same time as the infected traveller from Sydney.

About 600 people specifically visited the museum's Surrealist Art exhibition at that time on Saturday and they need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Unichem Wellington director Bronwen Shepherd said staff who may have served the Sydney visitor are in isolation and will be getting tested as soon as possible.

"The day of exposures was Saturday and we only have a really small team on so we are following the guidance for businesses.

"They are classed as casual plus contacts and they'll be staying at home until they get a negative test back."

Covid-19 Wellington locations of interest: Unichem Wellington Central Pharmacy Lambton Quay

Staff who worked on Saturday at Unichem's Wellington central pharmacy were isolating and would stay away from work until they received a negative test result, the pharmacy director said. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

Shepherd said the Lambton Quay pharmacy was open on Wednesday as according to ministry advice its daily cleaning practices would be sufficient to kill any virus.

The pharmacy will be able to help with contact-tracing through prescriptions and other means, even if customers did not scan in, she said.

The New South Wales health authority last night also listed the return flight to Sydney in its alert, saying all passengers should be considered close contacts.

It was Air New Zealand NZ247, which left Wellington at 10.13am on Monday 21 June, arriving in Sydney at 11.33am.

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