THREE pubs have been forced to close today after customers tested positive for COVID-19 – just two days after they reopened.
The Lighthouse in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, the Fox & Hounds, in Batley, West Yorkshire and The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire were the first pubs in England to close after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased.
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Punters across England flocked to pubs and restaurants on Super Saturday to enjoy a drink at the pub after three months of lockdown.
All three pubs posted on Facebook to alert customers to the closures.
The Lighthouse said pub staff were contacting customers to alert them to the positive virus test.
“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,” the pub posted online.
“We are slowly getting through our list of customers that were in the pub on Saturday.
“All our staff are going to be tested and we will re-open when the time is safe to do so.”
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 pub said a deep clean would be carried out.
Meanwhile, The Village Home said they hoped to reopen on Saturday despite a customer testing positive for coronavirus.
“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.”
Public Health England and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group have been contacted for comment.
Thousands of thirsty Brits poured into pubs and restaurants and downed 15million pints after they opened their doors for the first time in 104 days on Saturday.
Some pubs were forced to shut after “major disorder”, while boozy Brits were also filmed fighting in the streets.