Melbourne, 1 July 2020 – It has come to our attention the article released by Leonie Thorn entitled “Victoria’s coronavirus quarantine program to get a ‘reset’ after breaches” released today, that alleges:

a. Stamford Plaza Hotel (Stamford Plaza Melbourne) had breached well‐known and well‐understood infection control protocols.

b. Stamford Plaza Melbourne was responsible for a total of 29 Covid‐19 cases as of yesterday.

c. The spread of the virus was caused by Stamford Plaza Melbourne staff due to them sharing a cigarette lighter and carpooling to work together.

We wish to state that the allegations are false:

a. Stamford Plaza Melbourne had not breached any infection control protocols.

Stamford Plaza Melbourne had been, at the request of the Government of Victoria, Australia (the “Victoria Government”), accommodating returning Australian citizens.

On or about 13 June 2020, a security contractor, personnel hired by the Victoria Government, tested positive for the Covid‐19 virus. This security personnel was not under the employ of Stamford Plaza Melbourne or its related companies.

b. Stamford Plaza Melbourne was not responsible for the purported 29 Covid‐19 cases.

Stamford Plaza Melbourne is not aware of where the 29 cases originated, save to say that these 29 cases did not originate from the staff of Stamford Plaza Melbourne, or from the purported breach of the infection control protocols. We reiterate that Stamford Plaza Melbourne had not breached any infection control protocols.

c. The spread of the virus was not caused by the staff of Stamford Plaza Melbourne.

Following the positive test of the security personnel hired by the Victoria Government, they had proceeded to test all staff of Stamford Plaza Melbourne, and imposed precautionary measures on Stamford Plaza Melbourne and its staff.

No staff of Stamford Plaza Melbourne have tested positive for COVID‐19.

STATEMENT WITH RESPECT TO STAMFORD PLAZA MELBOURNE

Melbourne, 24 June 2020 - Stamford Plaza Melbourne (“SPM”) had been, at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (the “Department”) of the State of Victoria, Australia, proudly supporting the Department to accommodate returning Australian citizens. We believe this to be a valuable contribution to the State and Australia.

On or about 13 June 2020, a security contractor, employed through the Victorian Government Contract, tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. This security personnel was not under the employ of SPM or its related companies.

Following the positive test of the security personnel, the Department had proceeded to test all staff of SPM and imposed precautionary measures on SPM. In line with standards set by the State, a deep clean of SPM has been undertaken.

Contrary to media reports, SPM did not breach any social distancing guidelines. We are pleased to confirm that no staff of SPM have tested positive for COVID-19. The negative test results validates our employee training, PPE practice and Health and Safety approach.

SPM takes the safety and health of all its guests and staff very seriously. It maintains high standards of hygiene, and practices social distancing in accordance with the federal and state guidelines. We continue to work closely with the Department to ensure that our guests and our staff continue to remain safe, including any additional measures required by the Department.

If you have any queries on the incident, please raise those queries with the DHHS media contact at (03) 9096 8860 or press@dhhs.vic.gov.au

PDF copy of statement

Stamford Hotels and Resorts

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