Pub to close for 14 days after coronavirus cases confirmed

A pub in Wirral is closing temporarily after two members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The Refreshment Rooms, on Bedford Road East in Rock Ferry, Wirral, has chosen to shut down for 14 days after the positive tests were confirmed.

A post on the waterfront pub’s Facebook page, read: “We have done everything within our powers to keep everyone healthy and moving forward from a professional point of view, we have no choice but to ask all staff to self-isolate in line with government guidelines.

“ Track and trace have been informed and they will be in touch with any customers. Our phone, email and [Facebook] messages will be unmanned during this period, further announcements will follow.

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“Thank you for all your support and good wishes, we will be back, bigger, better and stronger.”

If you have visited the pub recently, you do not need to self-isolate unless you are contacted by the NHS’ Track and Trace service.

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Commenting on the Facebook post, locals were supportive of the pub’s actions, but concerned for the staff members who had contracted the virus.

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One person said: “Wishing your affected staff a speedy recovery. Sadly this sort of thing can happen even with the safety measures in place. Stay Safe. Hopefully you can find a way to keep your business going. Sending best wishes to all.”

Expressing sympathy with staff that have been asked to quarantine themselves, another said: “Very sad news, hope your staff get back to full health soon and best wishes to all that are self isolated.

“Sad to think someone has come into your business knowing they might have symptoms! This is real, stay healthy.”

The vast majority of respondents to the post praised the pub for sticking to the Covid-19 safety rules.

One person also noted work The Refreshments Rooms had done before pubs were allowed to reopen in July.

They said: “Staff have done a magnificent job both with the takeaways and deliveries during lockdown and since reopening.

“Your safety measures have been exemplary so it seems to be bad luck – I hope the affected staff make a full and swift recovery. I look forward to your reopening.”

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