Three pubs are forced to close because customers test positive for coronavirus just TWO days after they reopened on Super Saturday
- Thousands of drinkers flocked to pubs all over the UK on ‘Super Saturday’
- Three pubs have had to close after customers tested positive for coronavirus
- Customers have been told to give their personal details at the bar to track cases
Three pubs have been forced to close after customers tested positive for coronavirus following Super Saturday.
The Lighthouse in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, the Fox & Hounds, in Batley, West Yorkshire and The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire are the first pubs in England to close following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Thousands of drinkers flocked to pubs over the weekend following three months of lockdown.
However, now all three pubs have taken to Facebook to reveal how customers had tested positive for coronavirus, forcing them to close again.
The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire is one of three pubs that have been forced to close after a customer tested positive for coronavirus
The Fox and Hounds, in Batley, wrote: ‘This morning I got a phone call off a customer which visited our pub on Saturday to say they’d tested positive for coronavirus.
‘On their visit they was 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.’
Management have sought advice from NHS Track and Trace. All staff have been tested for the virus and the pub is undergoing a deep clean.
‘We fully understand this is a scary time but want to ensure our customer safety is our main priority in these tough times,’ continued the post.
‘Over the past few weeks we have put alot 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 lay out of tables of 1metre plus, our one way systems, full table service and continuously cleaning throughout.’
The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham-on-Sea said it was forced to close and contact customers who had visited on Saturday after a customer tested positive for COVID-19.
As a result of the pub’s closure the nearby Saagar Indian Takeaway will also shut until at least Friday.
The Lighthouse said pub staff were contacting customers to alert them to the positive virus test.
The Fox and Hounds, in Batley, Yorkshire, wrote: ‘This morning I got a phone call off a customer which visited our pub on Saturday to say they’d tested positive for coronavirus’
The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham-on-Sea said it was forced to close and contact customers who had visited on Saturday after a customer tested positive for COVID-19
‘This isn’t the message we wanted to write about so soon but The Lighthouse will be closed due to a customer testing positive to Covid-19,’ the pub posted online.
‘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.’
Meanwhile, The Village Home said they hoped to reopen 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.’
Scenes in London on Saturday night saw young people getting drunk and abandoning social distancing rules on day one of pubs reopening and lockdown rules loosening
Leicestershire Police were forced to impose an urgent dispersal order on Market Harborough (pictured) when booze-fuelled disorder erupted on Saturday night
Friends embraced in the streets of Soho, London on Sunday, the second day since lockdown restrictions were eased in England
It comes as an expert warned Britain will inevitably suffer ‘big’ Covid-19 outbreaks if people continue to flout social distancing rules.
Dr David Nabarro, a World Health Organization coronavirus expert, conceded that ‘everybody has got to have fun’ after more than 100 days of lockdown.
But he warned clusters of the virus will inevitably break out if Britons can’t obey social distancing while enjoying their newfound freedoms as pubs, restaurants and holiday destinations reopen.
The ‘one metre plus’ rule was left in tatters on ‘Super Saturday’ when jubilant drinkers called time on lockdown and descended on the nation’s pubs.
Cities across Britain were heaving on a scale not seen since Boris Johnson ordered bars to close in a desperate bid to control Covid-19 on March 23.
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