Residents urged to be vigilant following several confirmed Covid cases

Published Monday, 14 September 2020

Coventry residents who may have visited three city centre pubs last weekend are being urged to be vigilant and seek a Covid-19 test if they develop any Coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild.

The warning comes after a customer, who visited The Flying Standard, The Spon Gate and the Earl of Mercia on Thursday 3, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September subsequently tested positive with the virus.

Some individuals may have already been contacted by the national Test and Trace service.

However, for those who may not have been a direct contact, Public Health Coventry are asking them to be aware of and alert to the symptoms of COVID-19, a high temperature, new continuous cough or change in/loss of taste sense of smell.

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.”

Nadia added: “So please let’s do the right thing by keeping our distance from those not in our group, keeping our contacts to a minimum and not visiting several pubs in one night as this increases the risk of infection and puts more people at risk. Only by following the guidance can we ensure that places we want to visit can remain open.”

A spokesperson for JD Wetherspoon said:

“We have been notified by Coventry City Council’s  Public Health team that an individual  who has  since tested positive for Covid-19  visited , the company’s pubs, The Spon Gate, The Flying Standard  and The Earl of Mercia in Coventry on the 3rd, 5th and 6th September”

“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.”

“The Public Health team believe that as result of these measures being in place at the 3 pubs, the chance that other customers may have contracted the virus is low. If, however, customers develop any Covid related symptoms, the Public Heath team advise, as per national guidance, they should self- isolate and arrange a test.”

“We support the Public Health team’s message that those visiting pubs should follow the rules that have been put in place to ensure they are Covid secure.”

“While it is not possible to completely eliminate risk, Wetherspoon believes a combination of stringent hygiene and social distancing measures helps to minimise it”

Anyone wanting to book a Coronavirus test should visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or dial 119.

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