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At least 15 new Covid cases have been linked to a growing cluster at an inner Sydney gym, leaving the owner dumbfounded.

NSW Health released an alert yesterday afternoon for City Gym in Darlinghurst, saying more than a dozen people had either attended the venue while infectious or acquired their infection while there.

Anyone who attended the gym at the following times is considered a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

  • October 23, 8am-11am and 5pm-7.30pm
  • October 22, 6am-11am and 1.30pm-4pm
  • October 21, 6am-4.15pm
  • October 20, 6am-11.30am
  • October 19, 6am-9am and 5.30pm-7pm
  • October 18, all day

Under the current NSW restrictions, only fully vaccinated residents are allowed to attend the gym.

Owner of the gym, Billy Kokkinis, told The Daily Telegraph news of the outbreak had come as a “complete shock”, with NSW Health inspectors just days earlier saying it was the “cleanest gym” they had seen.

“You can’t tell me one day that we’re the cleanest gym and then the next day tell me we’re a hotspot,” he said.

“Conversely, they have expressed their applause and gratitude for our extra precautionary measures regarding our Covid safe practices calling us the ‘benchmark’.”

Mr Kokkinis said he has kept records to prove he has been compliant with the restrictions.

The outbreak follows weeks of warnings that NSW’s cases would likely begin to spike soon after a raft of Covid restrictions were eased across the state.

So far, cases have remained relatively stable, with the state recorded 304 new cases and three deaths on Wednesday.





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