Wetherspoon pub forced to close after staff member tests positive for coronavirus

A WEATHERSPOON pub has been forced to close after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

The William Rufus, in Botchergate in Carlisle, was closed on Friday 31 July after an employee's test came back positive.

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The infected member of staff took the test on Monday, with the results coming through on Thursday.

A further 24 bar staff from the chain are now self-isolating – forcing the William Rufus to close due to lack of available employees.

The staff member was not displaying any symptoms but was concerned about a "local outbreak", reports LancashireLive.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “Wetherspoon has taken the decision to temporarily close the pub.

“The local authority has not advised the company to close the pub.

“Both the local authority and public health bodies have been very helpful and supportive.

“Customer test and trace details have not yet been requested by the authorities but are available when needed.


“Wetherspoon will reopen the pub as and when it can get the number of staff needed to do so safely.”

The staff member, who had responsibilities throughout the pub, is reported to have worked two shifts – one on July 24 and another on July 28.

Contact details for all 24 members of staff working on the two shifts have been provided so the NHS Test and Trace teams can contact the individuals and provide advice.

As a result of these employees having to self-isolate the pub was closed early on Friday, July 31.

The pub chain says customer test and trace details have not yet been requested but are available when needed.

This comes after a KFC restaurant was forced to shut after a worker contracted the virus earlier this week.

A branch of the fast food giant in Glastonbury, Somerset has now closed for a deep clean with the affected staff member now in self-isolation.

A spokeswoman confirmed that the branch on Wirral Park Road in Glastonbury closed on Tuesday after the employee tested positive.

She added that there have been no positive tests since among other staff members, though they have been advised to test for Covid-19.

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