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SBS Melbourne office closed following positive COVID-19 case

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SBS has officially closed its Melbourne office and studios in Federation Square after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee returned a positive coronavirus test on Sunday, with close contacts identified and told to self-isolate.

The worker had last attended the workplace on Thursday 25 June.

The bureau was closed immediately on Sunday afternoon for additional cleaning and re-opened on Monday.

Late on Tuesday evening, Victorian Health authorities contacted the public broadcaster to say it had revised its health guidelines for the workplace.

In response, SBS management chose to close the Melbourne workspace from 1 July to allow for further contact tracing.

Employees based at the office have been told to work from home if able to do so.

SBS Melbourne is located in the Deakin Building at Federation Square, above the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

The recently-renovated office houses the SBS World News Melbourne bureau as well as multiple radio studios servicing the broadcaster’s multilingual radio stations.

Some SBS language radio programs will be impacted by the closure.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

The federal government’s coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe is available for download from your phone’s app store.

SBS is committed to informing Australia’s diverse communities about the latest COVID-19 developments. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.



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