'No one will test us': Picton Hotel patrons turned away because they don't have symptoms

John Kirkham and Steve Billington across the road from Picton pub on Tuesday. Photo: Robert Peet
John Kirkham and Steve Billington across the road from Picton pub on Tuesday. Photo: Robert Peet

Picton Hotel remained closed yesterday after undergoing a deep clean.

The pub may have been exposed to the virus following visits from a patron linked to the COVID-19 outbreak in Casula.

The only sign of life at lunchtime was long-term upstairs residents John Kirkham and Steve Billington departing their homes, en route to the doctor's clinic.

The pair said they probably visited the downstairs hotel space twice during the period now flagged by heath authorities. But incredibly, their efforts to get tested have so far failed.

"Yesterday we went to the doctor's at Picton Mall," Mr Kirkham said.

"They refused to test me because I don't have any symptoms.

"We went to [today's] pop-up clinic. They wouldn't test us because we weren't in a car.

"I rang the doctor's and said, 'this is crazy'. "They [authorities] keep telling us, 'you need to get a test'. But no one will give us testing.

"If I get on public transport, then I do test positive, then I've infected other people.

"I'm sorry if I sound cynical, but it's really stupid."

The men said the operators at Picton Hotel had taken all precautions to guard against the spread of the virus.

"They do look after social distancing. The licensee is very good, she makes sure everyone stays apart."

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