The West Live: Sunrise star Matt Tinney caught up in Melbourne COVID-19 outbreak

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Matt Tinney on stage during the 2020 Telethon Broadcast on Oct 24, 2020. Photo by Matt Jelonek
Camera IconMatt Tinney on stage during the 2020 Telethon Broadcast on Oct 24, 2020. Photo by Matt Jelonek Credit: The West Australian

The WA Government is on high alert today with the news the Melbourne COVID-19 cluster has grown by 11 cases in the past 24 hours, and some 18,000 people had arrived in Western Australia from the Victorian capital since the outbreak began.

One of those 18,000 is none other than beloved Channel 7 Sunrise correspondent Matt Tinney.

During his daily segment on The West Live, Tinney revealed he had been in Melbourne on May 14-17, and had received an automated text message from the WA Police this week with instructions on what he had to do.

The Sunrise correspondent confirmed he hadn’t been to any of the exposure sites, so did not have to isolate or be tested, however he was staying vigilant for any COVID symptoms.

One of the Tier 1 exposure sites in Melbourne is the Highpoint Shopping Centre, which Tinney recalled being dragged to by his mum when he was a kid.

The text message Matt Tinney received alerting hom to the COVID outbreak.
Camera IconThe text message Matt Tinney received alerting hom to the COVID outbreak.

Ironically, that experience may have saved him from being at the hot spot during his visit.

“We were constantly dragged to Highpoint Myer, Lincraft, you name it, for hours on end, so I avoid it at all costs now,” Tinney joked.

If there is any West Aussie we can trust to do the right thing in this situation it’s definitely the Channel 7 personality, who you may recall was so diligent at following WA’s mask-wearing rules he famously fashioned a make-shift mask from his child’s nappy rather than leave his face uncovered at a playground.

Full disclosure: That previous sentence was just a flimsy excuse to run this photo of Tinney in his nappy-mask again. You’re welcome.

Matt Tinney and his face mask solution.
Camera IconMatt Tinney and his face mask solution. Credit: Matt Tinney

But Tinney isn’t the only prominent media identity caught up in the Melbourne COVID cluster — 6PR breakfast host Gareth Parker is, too.

Parker flew to Melbourne on Saturday for a lightning visit, appearing on ABC Insiders before jetting back to Perth on Sunday.

Like Tinney, Parker avoided having to isolate or be tested, but will also be watching for symptoms.

Arrivals who have been to one of the exposure sites linked to the Melbourne cluster must self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested on day two and 11.

As of 6pm yesterday, all arrivals from Victoria must wear a mask while travelling from Perth Airport to their accommodation or to be tested, and until they return a negative result.

They are also banned from using public transport until they test negative. Those arriving by road must also wear masks until they return a negative result.

Anyone who is unwell or experiencing symptoms is being urged to get tested immediately, especially if they have recently been in Victoria.

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