Three Pubs Forced to Close After Positive For Covid-19 Tests
At least three drinking establishments have announced they are shutting their doors again after they joined hundreds in re-opening after three months of lockdown.
The Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, was one of the venues to state a customer who visited at the weekend had since tested positive.
The owners added they were making their way through a list of people who were on the premises on Saturday and may have come into contact with the customer in question.
They wrote on Facebook: "All our staff are going to be tested and we will reopen when the time is safe to do so."
Another establishment to shut its doors is The Fox and Hounds in Batley, West Yorkshire.
They claim to have received a phone-call from a customer on Monday, who had tested positive for coronavirus.
The pub told punters on social media that since then, all the staff had taken tests and the building was being "fully deep cleaned", promising: "When safe to do so we will reopen our doors".
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The Village Home pub in Alverstoke, Gosport, also revealed it "had a case of coronavirus" over the weekend, stating that "some of us are in isolation".
The staff explained: "A member of staff, one of my barmaids, has someone in her family bubble who has tested positive."
He said she was working her first shift back on Saturday when the pub was open for 11-and-a-half hours, and saw over 150 customers come through its doors.
"The pub is now shut but all being well will open again on Saturday," they wrote on Facebook.
"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."
Pubs were finally allowed to reopen on 'Super Saturday' - and thousands were seen flocking to enjoy their first cold pint once more.
Experts have predicted that as many as 15million pints were sunk on the first day back in action. However, pubs and restaurants were operating under strict new guidelines, implementing contact tracing and taking details of individuals from each group who visits, to be kept for up to 21 days.
The government also asked owners to note the arrival times of customers and how long they stayed on the premises, to ensure they can assess the risk to all their punters and staff.
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