Which pubs have closed due to positive coronavirus tests?

PUBS have finally reopened in England after months of closure during the coronavirus lockdown.

But it hasn't been straightforward for many boozers – with some forced to close already due to positive coronavirus tests.

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Pubs were closed across the country in March as the country entered lockdown, with many issuing concerns they could go out of business.

England saw most of its pubs reopen on 'Super Saturday' on July 4, though with strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines in place for punters.

Under new measures, pubs can only offer table service and customers must give their details at the door for contact tracing purposes.

Here are the pubs that have had to close their doors just days after reopening.

Which pubs have closed?

The Fox & Hounds

This pub in Batley, West Yorkshire announced it would be closing its doors after receiving a call from a customer on July 5 saying they had tested positive for COVID-19.

They reassured customers on Facebook that the pub would be "fully deep cleaned" following the announcement.

A Fox & Hounds spokesperson wrote on Facebook: "This morning 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 were 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 they came back positive."

The Village Home

This boozer in Alverstoke, Gosport has admitted that it had a "case of coronavirus" over the weekend, and confirmed many of its staff were now in isolation.

They wrote online: "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."

The Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery

This pub in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset wrote on July 7 that one of their customers had tested positive for the virus on the weekend.

They posted on Facebook: "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.

"We are slowly getting through our list of customers that were in the pub on Saturday."

Why have they closed?

The three pubs are the first to close in England and have to contact customers.

Under current government guidance, if you are in contact with someone who has tested positive you must self-isolate for 14 days to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

Pubs must also undergo a thorough deep clean, meaning that the premises must be disinfected and steam cleaned.

The same rule applies to restaurants, with one takeaway – the Saagar Indian restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea- also closing for a deep clean after one of their delivery drivers visited a pub in the town where a customer had tested positive.

The government says there is a "higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in premises where customers and visitors spend a longer time in one place", meaning it is essential to take customer's details.

This includes a customer's name, their phone number, the date as well as the time of their visit and departure from the premises.

What happened when pubs opened on Super Saturday?

Punters across England flocked to pubs and restaurants on Super Saturday to enjoy a drink at the pub after three months of lockdown.

Thousands of thirsty Brits poured into pubs and restaurants from 6am and downed 15million pints after they opened their doors for the first time in 104 days on Saturday.

But Brits heading back to the pub were also subject to new restrictions.

These include staying one metre from fellow drinkers, controlled access to restrooms and sitting at tables placed two metres apart, while bar staff have to wear PPE.

Health experts advised caution for punters, with the government's chief medical officer Chris Whitty reminding Brits that crowding in pubs and ignoring these guidelines could risk a second wave of the deadly bug.

He told a Downing Street press briefing in June: "This virus is a long way from gone, it is not going to be gone for a long time. Nobody watching this believes this is a risk-free next step."

Some ugly scenes were witnessed over the weekend, with some pubs forced to shut after "major disorder", while other drinkers were filmed fighting in the streets.

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