SBS closes Sydney newsroom as employee tests positive for COVID-19

SBS’ Sydney newsroom has closed following an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

The broadcaster has confirmed the employee was last in the newsroom on Friday, March 20, and that the area has been cleaned and employees who would have been in close proximity have been isolated.

SBS has closed its newsroom in Sydney over a positive test for COVID-19

A statement from SBS said the staff member made minimal contact inside the office and with other employees due to social distancing measures already implemented.

“The health and safety of our employees remains our top priority,” read the statement.

The incident hasn’t impacted any SBS employees outside of the Sydney newsroom and the media company is strictly complying with health and safety advice and protocols in the matter.

“While the newsroom has been thoroughly cleaned a number of times since Friday, SBS has closed the area immediately for additional sanitisation, and all staff working in that area have gone home. The newsroom is expected to reopen tomorrow, Wednesday 25 March.

“As an essential service, particularly during this time, SBS will continue its news operations. We have comprehensive business continuity plans, our technology and resources are in place to ensure employees can work flexibly, where feasible.”

This evening’s SBS World News bulletin will still be broadcast, but in a different format.

Other media companies have also been impacted by coronavirus outbreaks, with Australian Radio Network (ARN) closing its Melbourne office this morning after a positive test.


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