COVID variant jams Urbnsurf and Victoria’s re-opening plans

Authorities in Victoria, Australia claimed they were concerned about a major spike in COVID cases after detecting the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant. The Delta strain is likely to have caused the devastating outbreak in India.

Last week Urbnsurf announced they would close for a few days as the government implemented a weeklong circuit breaker lockdown. That closure has now been extended to 14 days.

“Today the Victorian Acting Premier, James Merlino announced that restrictions will be extended in Melbourne for an additional 7 days until 11:59 pm Thursday 10 June 2021,” Urbnsurf said in a statement. “As a result, Urbnsurf Tullamarine will remain closed until 8 am Friday, 11 June 2021.”

The company said that bookings to surf, learn, swim and visit will be credited to a time when the surf park reopens. And that bookings for Friday, June 11 onwards are available on their website.

“Once again, we’d like to thank our loyal members and guests for their patience and understanding as we navigate this new COVID-normal reality,” said Damon Tudor, CEO of Urbnsurf Group. “Please stay safe, look after yourselves, and keep the stoke alive.”

According to Reuters, Victoria has had 64 cases since May 24 after several months of no cases. All cases were linked to a single traveler who had tested negative before being released from quarantine.