A SALE sushi outlet was among three chain stores to shut their doors in Gippsland on Thursday as a precautionary measure, following fears a staff member may have been in contact with a coronavirus carrier.
Pika-Sushi stores on Commercial Rd in Morwell, Franklin St in Traralgon and York St in Sale were closed following consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services and Latrobe City Council, pending results of COVID-19 testing.
The chain has since advised all tests have come back negative.
Pika-Sushi Sale said one of its staff members had been in contact with a worker at an aged care facility in Traralgon the previous Sunday.
"The aged care facility had since told any visitors of patients to isolate on Wednesday," a statement read.
"Meantime our staff member had worked in our Morwell and Traralgon stores on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
"So this is just a precautionary measure to ensure our staff and customers are safe.
"The health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, retailers, team members and the wider community is our highest priority so we are taking extra precautions to ensure our stores are clean, hygienic, and minimize large customer interaction," the statement read.
"As a pre-emptive measure, we have shut our shops in Morwell, Traralgon and Sale for a required commercial deep clean and other aspects.
"Thank you to all of our customers for your support and understanding."