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Three pubs in England close after COVID-19 positive tests

Three pubs in England close  after COVID-19 positive tests
The Lighthouse, The Fox and Hounds and the Village Home are all closed. Pics- Google Street View.
London, Jul 7 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/7/2020 11:49:26 AM IST

Just days after reopening following a three-month closure, Three pubs in England have shut after customers tested positive for the novel coronavirus, it was reported on Tuesday.

They were among hundreds of venues that welcomed customers after three months as lockdown measures were eased, reports the BBC.

But crowds descending in some towns and cities prompted fears social distancing was being disregarded. The Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, said it was “slowly” working through a list of customers who had left details at the weekend and staff were awaiting their own test results.

In Batley, West Yorkshire, the Fox and Hounds said a customer had called to say they had tested positive for coronavirus.

Meanwhile the landlord of the Village Home Pub in Alverstoke, Hampshire, said his team were awaiting test results after someone in a member of staff’s “family bubble” tested positive.

All three pubs had previously posted about implementing new social distancing and safety guidelines in line with government advice.

Crowds were seen across England on “Super Saturday”, as thousands flocked to enjoy a pint, reports the BBC.

There were reports of arrests and early venue closures around the country, but police said a majority of people had acted responsibly.

UK pub and hospitality trade bodies have published guidance for bars and restaurants on how to operate contact tracing.

Contact details only need to be taken from one person in a group and must be kept for 21 days.

Owners are also asked to note the arrival times of customers and how long they stay. People can refuse to give information, but owners can choose not to serve them.

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