Sushi bar shuts three Gippsland stores amid COVID-19 infection fears

Kate Withers

A sushi and ramen restaurant chain has been forced to shut three Gippsland shop fronts amid fears a staff member may have been in close contact with a coronavirus carrier.

Pika-Sushi stores on Commercial Road in Morwell, Franklin Street in Traralgon and York Street in Sale have been closed as ordered by the Department of Health and Human Services, pending results of COVID-19 testing.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, retailers, team members and the wider community is our highest priority so we are taking extra precautions to ensure our stores are clean, hygienic, and minimize large customer interaction,” Pika-Sushi Morwell management said in a statement.

“As a pre-emptive measure, we have shut our shops in Morwell, Traralgon and Sale for a required commercial deep clean and other aspects.

“Our thoughts are with our staff and customers right now, and we are very sorry for any inconvenience.”