Staff member at The Thornhill Calverley tests positive for coronavirus

A staff member at a Leeds pub which has closed temporarily has tested positive for Covid-19.

By Joe Cooper
Saturday, 19th September 2020, 6:00 am

Sally and Jamie, who run the Thornhill in Calverley, provided an update on the situation after closing their pub on Monday.

They also found out that one of their employees had been in contact with the positive case outside of working hours.

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The Thornhill, Calverley (photo: Google).

That staff member has tested positive for the virus, according to a statement on the pub's Facebook page on Thursday.

Sally and Jamie took the "moral decision" to close the pub at the start of the week despite being told it was not necessary by Public Health England.

Thursday's update read: "We are very saddened to let you know that unfortunately the member of staff who was awaiting results has tested positive for COVID-19.

"Thankfully they are showing only very mild symptoms and are otherwise well."

"We have spoken to Public Health England again and sought advice on where to go from here.

"Again they have said to us that there is no need to shut the pub and that only those having had close contact with the positive case need to self-isolate or seek a test should they show symptoms.

"Track and Trace have not been in contact with us and we have been told by Public Health England they may be unlikely to do so as they believe the social distancing measures we have in place to be sufficient in limiting the spread to customers."

The pair said that after carrying out further risk assesements they felt the safest thing to do is remain closed "until the likelihood of another member of staff developing symptoms is reduced."

They added: "For patrons visiting the pub between Wednesday 9//9/2020 and 13/9/2020 there is no need to take any official action.

"We have been advised that there is no need to self isolate or to seek a test unless you should develop symptoms or if Track and Trace in the meantime are in touch and instruct you to do so.

"We are aware of how worried you all must be, as are we, and we can only thank you for all the amazing support and messages of kindness we have received.

"These are very uncertain times and believe us we have not taken our decisions lightly.

"We would also like to take the opportunity to commend our staff on how quickly they have acted upon this, got tested or isolated. You are all a credit to our business and to our community.

"We long for the day COVID-19 is no longer a threat but until then stay safe."

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