Ormskirk Advertiser

Bank shuts for a week fol­low­ing Covid case

- Halifax Regional Municipality · F.C. Halifax Town · Skelmersdale

A BANK in­side a shop­ping cen­tre closed for one week af­ter a con­firmed case of Covid-19.

The Hal­i­fax branch in­side the Con­course Shop­ping Cen­tre in Skelmersda­le closed its doors last Tues­day, Septem­ber 15 and was due to re­open yes­ter­day, Septem­ber 23.

The clo­sure was con­firmed in a sign posted on the door but did not make clear whether the af­fected per­son was a staff mem­ber or cus­tomer and Hal­i­fax did not re­spond to calls.

Peo­ple need­ing to use the bank are in­stead asked to visit Orm­skirk or ac­cess on­line or tele­phone ser­vices.

The poster stated: “We’ve tem­po­rar­ily closed the branch as we’ve had a col­league/cus­tomer af­fected by the virus. We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion closely and re­open on Septem­ber 23.”

It also ad­vises those who have vis­ited the branch to visit the Gov­ern­ment’s web­sites for ad­vice.

The clo­sure came days af­ter po­lice warned those vis­it­ing the cen­tre that they must wear masks.

Sgt Dar­ren Carr said: “With the sharp rise in pos­i­tive tests across the coun­try it is more im­por­tant than ever that ev­ery­one does their bit.

“Venues such as The

Con­course in Skelmersda­le are classed as en­closed spa­ces so the rules about wear­ing face cov­er­ings ap­ply through­out the cen­tre.

“Of­fi­cers have been speak­ing with shop­pers, we will con­tinue to en­gage, ex­plain and en­cour­age be­fore we en­force but we will is­sue fines when needed.

“The rules are there for ev­ery­one’s safety so please be con­sid­er­ate.”

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The shut bank

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