Three staff at Wetherspoon pub test positive for coronavirus but bar will remain OPEN

THREE staff at a Wetherspoon pub have tested positive for coronavirus – but the boozer will remain OPEN.

The infections were recorded at the North and South Wales Bank in Wrexham, North Wales.

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Other members of staff are now in self-isolation, and Public Health Wales has been informed of the cases.

But a spokesman for JD Wetherspoon confirmed the pub has not shut its doors following the positive tests.

Press officer Eddie Gershon said: "We can confirm that three members of staff have tested positive at the North and South Wales Bank in Wrexham.

"As a result a number of other staff are self-isolating as a precaution.

"All of the required controls are in place. All of the positive cases have been reported to Public Health Wales".

He added: "We have discussed our operating plan with Public Health Wales and they do not require us to take any further action at this time.

'The Test, Trace and Protect information is available to the contact tracing team should they wish to use it".

Dr Graham Brown, consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, told North Wales Live that "no outbreak had been declared" at the pub, but that punters could be contacted under the Test and Trace scheme.

Pubs are not required to close following a positive test unless mandated to do so by local health protection officials.

However, other pubs have shut temporarily after recording coronavirus cases among staff members – such as the Bispam Hotel in Blackpool which closed its doors earlier this week when an employee tested positive, Lancashire Live reports.

It comes amidst news of other coronavirus cases linked to pubs across the UK.

Last week, health officials scrambled to trace 70 customers after a coronavirus outbreak linked to a pub BBQ in Birmingham.

The Soho Foundry in Smethwick, West Mids., was forced to temporarily close after three people tested positive for Covid-19.

And last month, The Downsman pub in Crawley, West Sussex, was shut on 19 July after two staff members tested positive for the virus with a further 16 cases linked to the pub.

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