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A single super-spreader forced a pub, a vape bar and an Indian restaurant to close after he went out drinking before later discovering he had tested positive for Covid-19

"Faith Perdue" (2020-08-27)


A single super-spreader forced a pub, a vape bar and an Indian restaurant to close after he went out drinking before later discovering he had tested positive for Covid-19. 

The mystery drinker visited The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, before heading to Vape Escape during his bar crawl on Saturday, locals have claimed.

A driver from takeaway Saagar Indian had also been in the same pub as the man who has been praised for doing 'the right thing' by telling the businesses he visited about his result.

The three venues were forced to close out of precaution, clean and disinfect the premises, and have all their staff tested.

Though Vape Escape has reopened again, The Lighthouse Inn remains closed.

uwell_nunchaku_kit_600x.jpg?v=1538803741The Indian takeaway is also closed 'temporarily'.

The mystery drinker visited The Lighthouse Inn (pictured) in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset before heading to vape mod high end Escape during his bar crawl, locals have claimed

Vape Escape was also visited by the man, but they have already being able to reopen thanks to negative test results and a thorough 'deep clean'

Meanwhile, Durham Constabulary temporarily closed the Number One Bar in Darlington when officers decided staff were not in control of how customers were behaving.

The force also temporarily closed The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton, County Durham, blaming 'irresponsible behaviour' at the two venues.

Three pubs in West Yorkshire, Hampshire and Somerset were all forced to close after drinkers tested positive for coronavirus.

Thousands of boozers reopened their doors to the public following months of lockdown. Over half remained shut, however.  

The Lighthouse Inn's pub landlady Jess Green said the experience had been 'stressful'.

A driver from takeaway Saagar Indian had also been in the same pub as the man, who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

It has closed 'temporarily'

Ms Green shut the pub and rang at least 90 people who had left their contact details when they had visited on Saturday.

She told BBC Radio 4's World At One programme: 'The main thing that was going through our heads was we had to make sure everyone was safe, that we contacted everyone of our customers.

'We took it upon ourselves, because obviously Test and Trace can do all that, but we took it upon ourselves to do it because we knew that we had done it before it got out there.

It took us all day, we finished at about 10 o'clock last night.

Durham Constabulary temporarily closed the Number One Bar in Darlington when officers decided staff were not in control of how customers were behaving

The force also temporarily closed The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton, County Durham, blaming 'irresponsible behaviour' at the two venues

'Our (list) was about 90 and there were actually more but if they were in a social bubble or a household, we took the main person and they spoke to the people they were with, so it could have been more than that.'

When asked what the experience was like, she said: 'Stressful - that's probably the only word I can use.'  

Speaking about the closure, she said: 'The pub will not re-open until our seven staff have tested negative and we should get the test results back today.

'We've decided to close the pub to keep our staff and customers safe.

We completed a full clean of the pub on Monday, in line with government guidance, and so we could actually re-open.

'But we have pro-actively taken the decision to close - and we have received lots of positive feedback from the local community.

'The man who tested positive has done the right thing in informing the businesses that he attended so we can inform customers and get everyone tested.'  

The Indian takeaway, Saagar Indian, has also put a notice in the window stating that they had closed temporarily as a precaution.

Then they shared further news on social media, stating that one of their staff may have come into contact with the infected man.

They wrote: 'It saddens me to tell you all that due to unforeseen circumstances, we are closing Saagar Indian takeaway up until Friday.

'This is because one of the drivers has been in the same pub as the person who has tested positive to Covid-19.

'This decision was not made easily, however during these tough times everybody's health is the number one priority.

'During this period we will be deep cleaning the whole building to ensure when it is re-opened we will be ready to go.'

'We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.'

Vape Escape was also visited by the man, but they have already being able to reopen thanks to negative test results and a thorough 'deep clean'.

The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire is one of three pubs that have been forced to close after a customer tested positive for coronavirus

Owner Leanne Underhill, said: 'It wasn't the re-opening we had planned and we were informed on Sunday that a customer who had visited us had tested positive.

'All of our staff have been tested and have come back negative.

All customers have been informed, in line with Government guidance.

'We have been following all the safety guidelines and because we took the names and numbers of customers as they entered the bar. 

'All of them have been able to be contacted.

'As soon as I got the message about the positive test result on Sunday, I immediately closed the bar, locked up and spoke with the NHS and Police who informed us of the correct steps, all of which we have followed.

'We have undertaken a full, deep clean and steam cleaned the premises and also disinfected everything, including all customer areas such as the toilets.' 

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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

A closure notice at the Number One Bar in Darlington said: 'When officers arrived at the premises the music was too loud and there was no social distancing taking place.

'Customers were stood up at the bar, when staff were spoken to by officers, the staff stated that customers would not listen to their instructions and effectively could not control what was taking place in the premises. 

'The bar owner was intoxicated and argumentative.

He did not seem aware of the guidelines and was certainly not adhering to them.'

The bar's Facebook page said it had reopened for business. 

Chief Inspector Neal Bickford said: 'We want to say a massive thank you to those responsible establishments who complied with all the regulations to allow people to have a safe and enjoyable trip back to the pub.

'We know it has been a tough three months for both businesses and revellers so it was great to see the vast majority of people working with us.

'We will always look to work with those who need to improve but unfortunately two premises did have to be closed on Saturday following unacceptable behaviour.' 

The Fox & Hounds, in Batley, West Yorkshire and The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire were also among the first pubs in England to close following the easing of lockdown restrictions. 

The Fox and Hounds wrote on Facebook: '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.

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

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