Two pubs shut in Cheshire over fears of Coronavirus outbreak

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Two pubs have been closed in Cheshire amid fears of an outbreak of Coronavirus.

Fifty Five Degrees in Alsager and the White Lion at Barthomley have sought advice from Public Health England.

In post published on social media, bosses at Fifty Five Degrees said: "One of our members of staff has tested positive for Covid 19. They only received the test result this morning (Sunday) and so as a precaution we are now closed.

"The person in question hasn't shown any symptoms and worked Friday from 6.00pm and from 8.00pm Saturday..

"We have spoken to Public Health England and they have advised us that the only people likely to be affected and therefore could be contacted by the NHS Track and Trace are those individuals that were in contact with our member of staff for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 2 metres. This is unlikely to be any customers, but could be other members of staff. We will inform you when Track and Trace have been in touch with our member of staff.

"As a precaution we are testing all members of staff and will not reopen until we have all the results. PHE have told us that there is no reason to close the bar but we will remain closed on Sunday and we are closed tomorrow anyway.

"In the meantime we will be undertaking a full deep clean."

Management at the White Lion have also posted on social media. They said: "We apologise for any inconvenience but we have closed for this evening (26th July).

"Based upon information we have received late this afternoon regarding one of our staff members being in a venue where someone has tested positive for Covid-19, we made the immediate decision to close to enable us to seek HSE advise. We have now sought this information and they advise that following a deep clean down, as a precautionary method, we can continue to be open. We will re-open on Tuesday at 4pm.

"We thank everyone for their patience and support and we are doing our best to keep our staff and customers safe during this time."


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