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COVID-19 Sydney: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia shutdown after member contracts virus

The home of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race has been locked down after a member of the club and his wife contracted COVID-19.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia at Darling Point, in Sydney’s east, was closed on Tuesday after a patron who was at the venue at the weekend was confirmed to have the virus.

Daily Mail Australia understands the case may be linked to the outbreak at Thai Rock restaurant in nearby Potts Point.

In addition to being the start point for the annual Boxing Day yacht race, the CYCA is a regular haunt for Sydney’s rich and famous.

A spokesperson for the club said the couple were in good spirits and that the priority for CYCA was to ensure the health and safety of all patrons.

‘Earlier today the CYCA was advised an active Member of the Club and their partner had tested positive for COVID-19,’ CYCA said in a statement.

‘As a result of this news, the CYCA has closed its Clubhouse until further notice, for deep cleaning and for the testing of staff – with the health and safety of Members, guests, staff and the community the CYCA’s number one priority.

‘The Club, as part of its COVIDSafe plan, is working with NSW Health on next steps.

‘The Club has been operating under a strict CovidSAFE plan, including mandatory sign-in for all patrons and intensive cleaning practices. The CYCA’s top priority remains the health and safety of our Members, guests, staff and the community at large.

‘The Club will continue to keep its members, guests, staff and the wider community updated.’

New South Wales recorded another 14 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday including three linked to the Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point.

Six of the new cases are linked to a cluster which began at a funeral, while a further four are connected to Thai Rock at Wetherill Park in Sydney’s west.

That takes the total cases associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park to 75.

The Crossroads Hotel cluster has 56 cases, while there are eight cases associated with Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, and 15 associated with the funerals. 

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