Two pubs and a café in Rugby have closed temporarily after a customer and staff member tested positive for coronavirus.
Residents have now been urged to respect social distancing guidelines when they go to pubs and other public spaces.
The Lawrence Sheriff pub on High Street, Rugby, confirmed on its social media accounts on Sunday evening, September 6 that a customer from the evening of Friday, September 4, had since tested positive for Covid-19.
They said they would be closing to allow a deep clean of the venue.
Dessert restaurant Kaspa’s, based in the Swan Centre, posted on Friday, September 4 to say that a customer who had visited the venue on Monday, August 31, had since tested positive.
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They have also temporarily closed while a deep clean takes place.
And a staff member at Butlers Leap pub on Clifton Road tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, September 4.
The local authority has been informed and the pub has been closed temporarily for a deep clean.
Warwickshire County Council and Rugby Borough Council issued a joint press release yesterday, Monday, September 7, confirming that they were aware of a confirmed case of coronavirus after a resident visited a café and public house.
A spokesman said that close contacts of the case had been identified and asked to self-isolate, and other customers present in the venue at the time the person visited have also been contacted to make sure they are aware of the symptoms of Covid.
Rugby has the highest rate of confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in Warwickshire, according to the latest figures.
In the seven days up to Friday, September 4 there were 19 cases in the town and a rate of 17.44. That’s compared to a rate of 7.96 across the whole of Warwickshire.
What have the venues said?
The Lawrence Sheriff pub:
“We have been informed that a guest from the evening of Friday, September 4 has tested positive for COVID-19. Please keep an eye on any symptoms and get a test if you start to show signs.
“We as a pub will be closed this evening to undergoing a deep disinfecting clean of the venue. “We will be continuing to adhere to strict guidelines.
“We as a company would like to apologise for any distress this may cause & look forward to seeing you all soon.”
“Kaspa’s Rugby have been informed by the Local Health and Safety department that an individual customer has tested positive for COVID19.
“The individual visited the branch on Monday, August 31.
“We have temporarily closed the branch whilst we carry out a deep cleanse of the premises and ensure that all staff have taken precautionary tests.
“All customers are required to fill in a track and trace form with contact details of one member of their group before ordering.
“The team are now actively contacting all customers who were on the premises and advising to take precautionary tests and self isolate in line with government policy.
“Further announcements will be made in due course.”
“We have identified a positive case with a member of staff at the Butlers Leap. The staff who have been in contact are now being tested and will be notifying the local authority environmental health officer today.
“We will be closing the pub to carry out a full deep clean on the premises in accordance with guidance and in the interest of staff and guest safety. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you but hope you understand we are taking this action for everyone’s safety.
“For your information
1 – The members were tested after experiencing mild symptoms of coronavirus.
2 – We have informed the local authority environmental health officer and are following the appropriate procedures.
3 – Isolated the members involved and those in contact are currently being tested
4 – Close the pub to carry out full deep cleaning of the site and pending test results from staff
“If NHS track and trace need to contact you they will do this independently. Could we gently remind you of the importance of providing your details when you visit pubs and restaurants.”
Local spikes are anticipated
Associate director of Public Health for Warwickshire County Council, Emily Van de Venter, said: “With more and more people now out in the community spending time with family and friends at local pubs and restaurants, local spikes are anticipated.
“I would urge people not to be complacent. Keeping a social distance from others remains key to stopping the spread of the virus, as does wearing a face covering when out in public spaces and washing your hands regularly, especially when returning home from outside.
“We would also ask that when visiting your local public house or restaurant that you give your contact details, so that you can be contacted quickly should it be required.
“We know that no one would want to willingly spread the virus, especially to more vulnerable family and friends. So, make sure you get the early warning needed by giving your details.
“We are currently working with the public house and cafe visited by the person involved along with our colleagues from Rugby Borough Council to provide the relevant help, support and advice and this will continue as we try to reduce the spread of the virus.
“We are grateful to the managers and staff of the venues for their co-operation and swift action to reduce the risk of further infections and their assistance in alerting their customers.”