Pubs Forced To Close After Customers Test Positive For Coronavirus
At least three pubs in England have already had to close their doors after customers who visited over the weekend have tested positive for coronavirus.
Pubs opened up for the first time in more than three months this weekend, with some eager beavers queuing outside before opening to get their first sip of draught beer.
But now a number of pubs have been forced to close after customers have since tested positive for coronavirus.
Three pubs have announced their temporary closures on Facebook.
The Fox and Hounds, in Batley, West Yorkshire, posted on social media to say a customer had phoned up to tell them they had tested positive for Covid-19. The pub said staff had taken tests and the venue would undergo a deep-clean before it was reopened.
The post read in part: "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 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 which come back positive."
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The Fox and Hounds said it is now 'awaiting further guidance from NHS Track and Trace'.
The Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, has also closed. Posting on Facebook, it 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."
The post went on to say staff were 'slowly getting through our list of customers that were in the pub on Saturday', adding that all staff would be getting tested.
The Village Home Pub in Alverstoke, Hampshire has also announced it will be shutting again after 'a case of coronavirus in the pub' - explaining that some staff were 'isolating'.
Pubs across England were able to reopen their doors on Super Saturday, with the Sun estimating that as many as 15 million pints could have been consumed at the 23,000 or so venues that reopened.
Although there were various reports of arrests, police told the BBC that the majority of people acted responsibly and behaved themselves.
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