28th Sep, 2020

Warning over Coventry Wetherspoons coronavirus customer

John Carlon 14th Sep, 2020 Updated: 15th Sep, 2020

PUNTERS at three Coventry pubs have been urged to stay vigilant against coronavirus after a customer tested for the disease.

The customer was in The Flying Standard, The Spon Gate and the Earl of Mercia on 3, 5 and 6 September, Coventy City Council said.

Public health authorities are working to find customers who were at the pubs on these days via track and trace.

Nadia Inglis, Consultant in Public Health at Coventry City Council, said: “Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in cases over the last few weeks which have been associated with people visiting pubs.

“On this occasion, there has been a case linked to a person who has visited a number of JD Wetherspoon pubs. We know that JD Wetherspoon has appropriate Covid-secure measures in place, so the risk to other customers should be low.

“However, we would urge residents to take swift action should they feel unwell and display any symptoms of the virus. If you are showing any symptoms, you need to self-isolate immediately with your household members and get a test.

“We have been working really hard with businesses along with our colleagues at Coventry City council to ensure that bars and pubs are Covid secure, and we have seen some great measures being put in place, but if those visiting them do not follow those rules, the virus will continue to spread.”

A spokesperson for JD Wetherspoon, which runs all three pubs, said it had been operating a “comprehensive social distancing and hygiene practices” in all its pubs.

They said: “Since reopening, Wetherspoon has operated comprehensive social distancing and hygiene practices in all its pubs. These include; reduced capacity levels, the spacing out of tables, the installation of a number of floor screens between tables and the addition of till-surround screens to the bar. We have also installed numerous hand sanitiser stations around the pubs”

“Wetherspoon also operates a Test and Trace system allowing customers to register their details using either a paper-based system or via a digital QR system on their mobile phones. QR codes are displayed prominently on every table and on posters throughout the pub. Customers are also prompted to complete the digital form when ordering on our Order and Pay App.”

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