Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Coronavirus alert in Sydney’s east
Patrons of the Eastern Suburbs Legion Club have been placed on alert after two confirmed coronavirus cases visited the venue on several occasions while infectious.
Anyone who attended the club between 5:00pm and 6:30pm on Friday, August 28 has been told to immediately self-isolate and seek coronavirus testing.
The cases also attended the club on September 1, 4, 5 and 6 and patrons from those days have been directed to monitor for symptoms
Koala row intensifies
NSW deputy leader John Barilaro has called the State Government’s koala policy the “last nail in the coffin” for farmers and says three Nationals MPs are set to resign.
“If people think these are idle threats I can promise you I’ve got resignations in my hand of National Party MPs that are prepared to sit on the crossbench,” he said.
It follows claims by the Liberals that Mr Barilaro “bullied” four National MPs into threatening to move to the crossbench, which would plunge the NSW Government into minority.
The Nationals are holding an emergency meeting this morning to decide their next move in the fight with their Liberal colleagues over the koala protection policy.
Thai Rock struggling
The doors to Thai Rock restaurant in south-western Sydney may be open, but the customers are yet to return.
Husband and wife owners Stephanie and David Boyd shut their Wetherill Park restaurant after a staff member tested positive to coronavirus on July 9.
More than two months on and thousands of dollars in bills, they are still counting the costs of the outbreak.
“We are down 90 per cent of what we were before the closure, ” Ms Boyd said.
“If we continue like this for another four weeks, we’ll be out of business.”
Airport set to stand down workers
Newcastle Airport is moving to temporarily stand down workers because of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chief Executive Officer Peter Cook said the Industrial Relations Commission has been asked for orders to allow the stand down.
A hearing has been set for later this month.
He said the airport has been unable to secure JobKeeper funding despite negotiations with the Australian Tax Office.
Sydney Opera House’s staggered reopen
The Sydney Opera House will welcome back patrons to its waterfront bar and restaurants in what the company says is the first phase in reopening the entire site.
For the first time since March, the Opera House’s Bar and Kitchen will open on Thursday.
CEO Louise Herron said it was the first step in a “phased approach” to resuming events.
“We look forward to welcoming people back to our theatres, tours and other dining venues and shops soon, and will provide more detail in the coming weeks,” she said.