Low risk of COVID-19 from shopping outlet and pool hall visits

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has contacted shopping outlets and a pool hall visited by a man later diagnosed with COVID-19 in South Korea.

ARPHS considers there is a very low risk to staff or members of the public who may have been at the following locations at the same time as the man:

Thursday 16 July

  • DressSmart Onehunga at 9.30 am
  • SaveMart in Onehunga between 10am and 10.30 am
  • The food court at Sylvia Park shopping centre in Mt Wellington between 11am and 1pm
  • King Club Pool Hall in Botany between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Monday 6 July

  • Spicy House, Dominion Rd in Balmoral between 7pm and 9pm.

The man may not have been infectious while at these places as it is possible he caught the virus during his travel to South Korea. Public Health is, however, taking a precautionary approach and has informed the managers of these places.

Public Health has not advised the shops, restaurant, and pool hall to shut or be specially cleaned, as it has been at least a fortnight since the man visited any of them. However, we do appreciate the efforts some retailers are going to. 

The people the man lived within Auckland have been tested for COVID-19 and have been cleared of the virus. There is a low risk that he was contagious and an even lower risk that he infected staff or members of the public.

However, we encourage anyone who may have been in these places at these times and has had symptoms of COVID-19, to get tested just in case. The purpose of this testing is precautionary to provide assurance that there are no undetected cases in our community.

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include one or more of the following:

  • A new or worsening cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense or smell
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing

Anyone with these symptoms who has been at the above locations at the times specified should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for testing information. Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing should call 111 for an ambulance.

Anyone who is concerned is also able to be tested for free, even if they have no symptoms; please call Healthline or your GP for advice.

For more information or advice on COVID-19, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or see the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website or

For health advice call Healthline for free anytime on 0800 611 116
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