The owner of Hariri Chickens at Kogarah has thanked customers for their support since news broke that a COVID-19 positive person visited the store on New Year's Eve.
Moe Hariri wrote on Facebook: "We'd like to thank you all for your continued support given recent developments. Your outpouring of support and messages have meant the world to us".
Mr Hariri said all staff members, including management, had tested negative for COVID-19 and had been able to return to work after a mandatory 72 hours in isolation.
"Results have returned negative for all staff members and the crew are cleared [to] work," he said.
He said two deep cleans and sanitisations of the premises were conducted; the first on January 2 at 10.45pm "on the night of receiving the news of the contact".
"The second and more thorough deep clean and sanitisation was conducted by Sydney Sanitisation crew on January 4 at 6am," he said.
"Both deep cleans were conducted by professionals, with certificates of completion."
Mr Hariri said the store was open and cleared for full operation under current NSW Health regulations.
"Our outdoor seating area has reopened for dine-in," he said, adding takeaway was available in person and via one of their delivery partners.
"Thank you once again for standing by us. We look forward to seeing you soon," he said.
A COVID-19 positive person visited the store on Thursday, December 31, between 1.45pm and 2pm. Customers in the store at the time were considered casual contacts and asked to monitor for symptoms.
It is one of two premises in St George on the COVID-19 case location list as at today. The other is Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL Club.
A Public Health Alert was issued after a COVID-19 positive person visited the gaming area on December 28 between 8.52pm and 11:30pm. Anyone who was there less than an hour is a casual contact, while those who were there longer must isolate.