The Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday afternoon Polo in the Bay at the Trustpower Baypark stadium has become a location of interest (File Photo).
A polo event which saw thousands of people gather at the Bay Oval over the weekend has become the latest large scale exposure event in Bay of Plenty.
The Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday afternoon Polo in the Bay at the Trustpower Baypark stadium had become a location of interest.
The Ministry said it wasn’t able to disclose details around how many cases attended the event due to privacy, however, Baypark CEO Chad Hooker told Stuff he understood it was linked to one patron.
The person was at the event between 1pm and 6.15pm on Saturday, January 22 at the Trustpower Baypark stadium.
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“We understand at this stage only one patron had Covid and was in the general admissions area,” Hooker said.
He said 1500 people attended the sporting event and 800 were in general admission.
He said the event was held when Bay of Plenty was in the orange traffic light setting, and all ticket holders had to show their vaccine passes before entry.
All ticket holders were being notified by email, he said.
“At this stage we don’t know the extent of exposure, but we have been advised anyone in the bar area is being treated as a close-contact.”
Everyone who attended Polo in the Bay in Mount Maunganui on January 22 must self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after the date of exposure.
“A close contact is considered to be anyone who visited either the main marquee bar or gin caravan bar, in the ‘Polo Lawn’ area,” Polo in the Bay said on social media.
“Close contacts should self-isolate, test immediately and on day five after you were exposed at this location of interest, further isolation and testing requirements will be provided by Public Health.
“Bar patrons in all other areas – Private Marquees, VIP Pavilion – are considered casual contacts and must self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after the date of exposure.”
The event has not yet been linked to the Omicron outbreak, however, the transmissible virus is already in the community.
A parent with Omicron visited a Tauranga early childhood centre, Beststart Pyes Pa while “likely infectious” on January 19, leaving 74 close contacts.
On Friday, Bay of Plenty had nine new community cases.