Pub reopens after staff member tested positive for coronavirus

A pub that closed after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus has issued a vital update.

The Gerard Arms, on Dentons Lane in St Helens, shut its doors earlier this week over concerns for other workers and customers.

It is believed that the staff member had tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a trip to Greater Manchester where there has been a significant spike in cases.

As a precaution the pub was closed temporarily to allow other staff to get tests and for a deep clean to be carried out.

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Now the pub, which is part of the Greene King pub group, has said they are open again for business and have been working closely with the council to make sure it is safe.

In a joint statement, pub bosses and St Helens Council have said that they believe risk to customers to be minimal and that is why they have decided to reopen.

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The said: "Greene King and St Helens Borough Council have been working together closely conducting risk assessments.

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"We have reviewed the evidence together with advice from Public Health England and have concluded at this moment in time the risk to customers is felt to be minimal and is safe to reopen to the public.

“Test and trace teams will be contacting anyone who might have been at risk and we would remind people that if they are contacted by tracers that you must follow their instructions to reduce the risk of further transmission.

“If you missed the opportunity to add your details for test and trace at the pub you can retrospectively add them by contacting Greene King Guest Relations on 0344 800 6605 or email guestrelations@greeneking.co.uk.

The Gerard Arms Pub.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

“Testing has been carried out on all affected staff who have also undergone additional screening prior to returning to work.

"Since pubs reopened from 4 July, Greene King staff have been given specific COVID-19 training and are asked about symptoms and temperature checked before every shift.

“It is really important to remember to take the simple steps to reduce your risk of infection by washing your hands for 20 seconds, wearing a mask in enclosed places and keeping your distance.

"We all have a role to play in keeping our infection rates low. If you do develop any symptoms make sure to book a test and isolate for 10 days.

“Anyone isolating who needs support for things like shopping and medicine collections and do not have any friends and family able to help please contact St Helens Contact Cares on 01744 676767.”

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