A single super-spreader forced a pub, a vape bar and an Indian restaurant to close when he went out boozing on ‘Super Saturday’.
The mystery drinker visited The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset before heading to Vape Escape during his bar crawl, locals have claimed.
A driver from takeaway Saagar Indian had also been in the same pub as the man, who later tested positive for the coronavirus.
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. The Indian takeaway is also closed ‘temporarily’.
It comes after two other pubs in West Yorkshire and Hampshire were forced to close after Britons flocked to pubs in England on Saturday.
Thousands of boozers reopened their doors to the public following months of lockdown. Over half remained shut, however.
The mystery drinker visited The Lighthouse Inn (pictured) in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset before heading to Vape Escape during his bar crawl, locals have claimed
Jess Green, manager of The Lighthouse, 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.
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’
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’
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.’
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
The Lighthouse in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, the Fox & Hounds, in Batley, West Yorkshire and The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire have been 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
‘We fully understand this is a scary time but want to ensure our customer safety is our main priority in these tough times,’ the post read.
‘Over the past few weeks we have put alot of hard work into the pub following government guidance to get us opened back up.
‘Anyone that has visited us this weekend can see our new lay out of tables of 1metre plus, our one way systems, full table service and continuously cleaning throughout.’
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The Lighthouse Inn said it was forced to close and contact customers who had visited on Saturday after a customer tested positive for COVID-19.
The Lighthouse said pub staff were contacting customers to alert them to the positive virus test.
‘This isn’t the message we wanted to write about so soon but The Lighthouse will be closed due to a customer testing positive to Covid-19,’ the pub posted.
‘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.’
Meanwhile, The Village Home said they hoped to reopen on Saturday: ‘Anyone who was in the pub over the weekend there is no need to isolate unless you show symptoms or are contacted direct by the trace group.’
It comes as an expert warned that Britain will suffer ‘big’ COVID-19 outbreaks if people flout social distancing rules.
Dr David Nabarro, a World Health Organization coronavirus expert, conceded that ‘everybody has got to have fun’ after more than 100 days of lockdown.
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But he warned clusters of the virus will inevitably break out if Britons can’t obey social distancing while enjoying their newfound freedoms as pubs, restaurants and holiday destinations reopen.
The ‘one metre plus’ rule was left in tatters on ‘Super Saturday’ when jubilant drinkers called time on lockdown and descended on the nation’s pubs.
Cities across Britain were heaving on a scale not seen since Boris Johnson ordered bars to close in a desperate bid to control Covid-19 on March 23.
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