- Title: Three pubs in England close again following positive COVID-19 tests
- Date: 7th July 2020
- Summary: BATLEY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 7, 2020) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF THE FOX AND HOUNDS PUB SIGN OUTSIDE PUB READING (English): "THE FOX AND HOUNDS MEETING FAMILY AND FRIENDS" / THE FOX AND HOUNDS SIGN EXTERIOR OF PUB
- Embargoed: 21st July 2020 15:01
- Keywords: COVID-19 contact tracing coronavirus easing restrictions lockdown pandemic positive test pub closed down pubs reopening
- Location: BATLEY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: BATLEY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLTA5ON
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- Story Text: Pubs across England only reopened on Saturday (July 4), but three said on Tuesday (July 7) that they have shut their doors again after customers tested positive for COVID-19.
The Fox and Hounds pub in Batley, West Yorkshire, closed after a customer phoned the managers to say they had contracted coronavirus.
Local resident and Fox and Hounds customer Georgia Gosling said it was a "bit of a wake up call" that someone had been struck with the virus in the small market town.
However, she said management had done everything they could to maintain safe social distancing and hygiene, and that she would go back once the pub has been cleaned.
Further south, the Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery in Somerset closed after a customer tested positive, while staff at the Village Home Pub in Hampshire are awaiting test results after a colleague's family member was struck by the virus.
Pubs reopened on Saturday alongside restaurants and hair salons as part of the British government's plan to rejuvenate an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, ministers have faced criticism that the country is unlocking far too quickly relative to its rate of infection, predicting a second spike of positive cases as restrictions ease.
(Production: Jason Cairnduff, Ben Dangerfield)
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