Several Pubs Forced To Close After Customers Test Positive For COVID-19

It has only been a matter of days since pubs, bars and restaurants in England were allowed to reopen having been closed for three months. 

The much-anticipated, so-called, ‘super saturday’ was an opportunity for people to head down the pub and have a few drinks following the nation-wide lockdown. 

But less than three days after reopening, pubs have already had to start closing again after their customers tested positive for COVID-19, as reported by Sky News

One of the pubs, The Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, confirmed that one of their customers had tested positive for COVID-19. 

In a message posted on their Facebook page, a spokesperson for the pub said:

“This isn’t the message we wanted to write so soon, but The Lighthouse will be closed due to a customer testing positive to covId 19. 

“We are slowly getting through our list of customers that were in the pub on Saturday. 

“All our staff are going to be tested and we will re open when the time is safe to do so. Thanks to all the positive phone calls”.

The pub later confirmed that none of its staff had tested positive. 

The Fox and Hounds in Batley, West Yorkshire, also said it would be closed until further notice after receiving a call from a customer on Monday to report they had tested positive.

In a post shared on their Facebook page, a spokesperson for the pub said:

“Following our announcement this morning that we will be closed until further notice I’d like to put all rumours and speculations straight that are currently floating about.

“This morning I got a phone call off a customer who visited our pub on Saturday to say they’d tested positive for coronavirus. On their visit, they were unaware and had no symptoms, but after seeing a post off another place, they’d visited thought it was best to take a test to which come back positive. 

“Due to privacy reason we won’t be naming this person.

“Following this information, we are awaiting further guidance from NHS and track and trace.

“Myself and All staff have taken a test today, and we should have results back within 48 hours. The pub will be fully deep cleaned, and when safe to do so, we will reopen our doors.

“We fully understand this is a scary time but want to ensure our customer safety is our main priority in these tough times. 

“Over the past few weeks, we have put a lot of hard work into the pub following government guidance to get us opened back up. 

“Anyone that has visited us this weekend can see our new layout of tables of 1metre plus, our one way systems, full table service and continuously cleaning throughout.

“If anyone thinks they may have symptoms then please seek advice from 111”.

The Village Home pub in Alverstoke, Gosport, said it had also “had a case of coronavirus” on the premises and added that “some of us are in isolation”.

A post on their Facebook page confirmed:

“We have had a case of coronavirus in the pub, which means that some of us are in isolation. 

“The pub is now shut but all being well will open again on Saturday. 

“Anyone who was in the pub over the weekend there is no need to isolate unless you show symptoms or are contacted direct by the trace group. Thank you and hope to see you soon”.

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