Multiple pubs throughout England have closed their doors once again after customers tested positive for COVID-19
At least three different establishments in England announced that they were closing, following cases of the coronavirus, just days after the, ‘Super Saturday’ re-openings that were permitted on the weekend.
The pubs were among hundreds of venues throughout England, most of which have reportedly had no problems so far, that welcomed customers back into their establishments, three months after lockdown measures were eased in the country.
Crowds were seen across England on ‘Super Saturday’, as thousands flocked to enjoy a pint. There were reports of arrests and early venue closures around the country, but police said a majority of people had acted responsibly.
But crowds descending on some towns and cities have prompted fears of social distancing being ignored by pub-goers throughout the nation.
This comes after Nicola Sturgeon announced that people in Scotland will be permitted to meet up with two other households indoors, starting from the 10th of July and pubs and restaurants can re-open from the 15th of July.
The Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, announced their closure via their Facebook page, saying it was working through a list of customers who had submitted their details at the weekend and staff were awaiting their own test results.
In a statement the establishments wrote:
“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.”
In a later post by the Lighthouse, they confirmed that: “All of our staff’s results have come back negative. Unfortunately we will still be closed until further guidelines.”
In Batley, West Yorkshire, the Fox and Hounds said a customer had phoned to say they had tested positive for coronavirus. The Fox and Hounds said staff had taken tests and the venue would be deep-cleaned prior to re-opening.
Meanwhile, the Village Home Pub in Alverstoke, Hampshire, said some staff were isolating due to “a case of coronavirus in the pub”. Customers of the Village Home who had visited at the weekend have been told there was “no need to isolate” unless they showed symptoms or were contacted by tracers.
This comes after several pubs in north Nottinghamshire decided to close early on Saturday night following alcohol related anti-social behaviour.
Police said that three pubs within Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield, plus two in Arnold and Newark closed, with four people being arrested, according to Inspector Craig Berry.
Inspector Craig Berry of Nottinghamshire Police said: “Officers were quickly on the scene to deal with a number of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour reports including a smashed window and minor assault.”
“As a result four arrests were made by officers and we supported licensees who chose to close their own premises. No pubs have been closed by the police.”
“We’d like to thank the majority of the public who have acted responsibly throughout Saturday, especially whilst watching the much-anticipated Derby v Forest match.”
This comes after Health leaders in the UK have called for a “rapid and forward-looking assessment” of the state of national preparedness for a second wave.