Bars close af­ter Covid de­tected in res­i­dent

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

TWO vil­lage pubs and a cafe bar closed their doors af­ter learn­ing a res­i­dent had tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

The New Fleet­wood, St Stephen’s Sports and So­cial Club and Ralph’s Wife, all in Banks, all took the pre­cau­tion­ary ac­tion in or­der to pro­tect staff and cus­tomers.

The trio had all been due to open as nor­mal on Fri­day but an­nounced their de­ci­sions af­ter hear­ing about the di­ag­no­sis.

Keith Eva­son, land­lord of the New Fleet­wood, was the first to an­nounce the de­ci­sion and pledged that staff would be tested be­fore the pub re­opens.

He said that he had been in­formed a neigh­bour had tested pos­i­tive and that oth­ers liv­ing in the vil­lage had also caught the virus.

Keith said: “We take the safety of our cus­tomers and fel­low villagers se­ri­ously and feel we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep peo­ple safe although staff have no signs or symp­toms, we have took the de­ci­sion to close un­til we have been tested and re­ceived the re­sults back.

“We our sorry for the in­con­ve­nience this might be for cus­tomers but your safety is our main con­cern,”

Mal­colm Proc­tor, owner of Ralph’s Wife, said he did not be­lieve that any­one who was af­fected had vis­ited the cafe bar, which first opened last year, but felt it was “wise to re­duce op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther spread of the dis­ease.”

Soon af­ter, the com­mit­tee which man­ages St Stephen’s promised to close for an ini­tial 72 hour pe­riod to al­low the club to be deep cleaned.

An­nounc­ing the de­ci­sion, the com­mit­tee added: “Once we re­open can we please re­mind all mem­bers it is their re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions not ours if you are dis­play­ing symp­toms, please please re­main at home and fol­low the gov­ernent guide­lines.”

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