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Covid-19 case in busy Auckland bar on New Year's Eve was vaccinated

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RNZ,
Publish Date
Thu, 6 Jan 2022, 3:53pm
The Longroom bar in Ponsonby. (Photo / Google Maps)
The Longroom bar in Ponsonby. (Photo / Google Maps)

Covid-19 case in busy Auckland bar on New Year's Eve was vaccinated

Author
RNZ,
Publish Date
Thu, 6 Jan 2022, 3:53pm

By RNZ 

This article has been amended from a previous version that stated the person was unvaccinated 

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that a patron with Covid-19 who spent New Year's Eve at a busy Auckland bar was vaccinated. 

The Longroom Nightclub on Ponsonby Road was named as a location of interest yesterday. 

People who were at the bar on Ponsonby Road from 10pm on 31 December until 12.50am on New Year's morning have been asked to get tested and self-isolate for 10 days, with authorities labelling the event 'high risk'. 

The Ministry of Health has since confirmed the case was vaccinated, and was not the Omicron variant. 

Longroom owner Andrew Roberts said that staff who were working on the night have been classified as casual-plus contacts of the case and therefore able to return to work after a negative day five test. 

Roberts said authorities have provided little information about the positive case, including whether the person was vaccinated. 

He told RNZ they had a "team" on the door, and all vaccine passports were checked. 

A partygoer who is now isolating at home said the bar was scanning vaccine passes. 

On the Longroom Facebook page, the establishment said they were now open after speaking with the Ministry of Health. 

"We would like to reassure all our friends and fans that we have followed the Ministry of Health's advice, and have also taken extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of all our staff and customers," the post said. - RNZ