COVID return haunts Melbourne attractions including Urbnsurf

Just like a villain in a horror movie at that moment when we think the hockey-mask wearing killer is gone, COVID comes back for another knife-wielding jump-scare. Urbnsurf has been running on all cylndars this summer. Until now.

Victoria Australia is entering the state’s third lockdown after officials discovered 13 cases of COVID. Victoria had been case-free for 28 days until a quarantine worker tested positive this week.

“This is the fastest-moving, most infectious strain of coronavirus that we have seen,” said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. “I am confident that this short, sharp circuit breaker (lockdown) will be effective. We will be able to smother this.”

While most Aussie press bemoans the loss to tennis fans at the Australian Open, surfers in Melbourne will be put out for one week as Urbnsurf announces a temporary park closure until Thursday, February 18.

Authorities hope to let surfers back into the wave pool late next week. Image by Wavegarden

“Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Urbnsurf Melbourne will temporarily close from 11.00pm tonight until Thursday, February 18th,” the company said in a statement. “As the situation develops, we’ll keep you updated via Urbnsurf.com, The Forecast (urbnsurf’s newsletter) and our social channels. Thankfully, we have not been notified of any cases of COVID-19 within the park.”

Urbnsurf said that clients with booked sessions will be notified via email and provided with credit for future use.

“We appreciate your patience in us contacting you, as we’re currently receiving a high volume of emails, calls and social media messages. Bookings for Thursday, February 18th onwards remain open, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the park soon.”

The state will be under the following restrictions for five days:

No gatherings allowed
Mask wearing is mandatory in public
All non-essential venues are closed
Travel is restricted to within 5km (3.1 miles) of the home
Schools are closed except for children of essential workers
People must stay at home except for shopping, exercise, caregiving and essential work needs

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