A popular Melbourne venue has recorded a third gastro outbreak and says it will now temporarily close as it investigates whether the incident is linked to two previous outbreaks.
At least 140 people, including children, fell sick following a 300-guest wedding and a health conference at The Park in Albert Park.
It is believed several patrons had to be admitted to hospital.
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It’s now been revealed the venue has reported a third outbreak following an event on the weekend.
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As a result, The Park has confirmed it will close for two weeks as it investigates what happened.
“It is possible that these outbreaks are not linked, but we have decided to close out of an abundance of caution until we have further information,” The Park said.
The closure was not requested by Victoria’s health department but was voluntary, the venue said.
“It is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we have found alternate locations for all parties impacted by our temporary closure.
“We will not comment further on the details of the upcoming events out of respect for the privacy of our clients.”
The Park said the closure was not requested by Victoria’s health department but was voluntary. Credit: Facebook
The Park said initial reports from the health department suggest the likely cause of the outbreaks is norovirus, a form of gastro.
It said it was “deeply saddened” about the recent outbreak and is taking the matter “extremely seriously”.
“We are in frequent contact with impacted parties and have expressed to them how sorry we are that this outbreak has impacted their special day,” The Park said.
It’s understood some wedding guests ate chicken and pork for their main course, with the meals served on the night provided to authorities.
Guests at the health conference ate different food to that consumed by guests at the wedding.
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