Sydney: Clayton Utz employees are evacuated amid fears a chef in their building may have coronavirus

Staff at one of Sydney’s top corporate law firms were evacuated over fears a chef in the building may have been exposed to coronavirus.

Clayton Utz staff and visiting clients were advised to leave the city building near Circular Quay and work from home on Thursday.

The office was cleared shortly after midday after it was learned a chef who worked in the building is married to the granddaughter of a 95-year-old woman who died of coronavirus on Tuesday in a Macquarie Park nursing home in Sydney’s north.

Robert Cutler, the chief executive partner of Clayton Utz, sent staff an email on Thursday advising them to work from home until coronavirus test results were known.

‘It’s unfortunate that we need to bring to your attention a potential COVID-19 virus risk,’ he told staff in correspondence obtained by Daily Mail Australia.

‘An employee – who has not been in the office today – may have been exposed to COVID-19 through a family member.’

Mr Cutler also told staff more test results would be needed to confirm the chef and his wife didn’t have coronavirus.