Pub closes after staff member tested positive for coronavirus after trip to Greater Manchester


A Merseyside pub has temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus following a trip to virus-stricken Greater Manchester. Gerard Arms at Dentons Lane in St Helens closed immediately after the positive test result and is now undergoing a thorough cleaning with all other staff being tested for the virus.

ECHO understands that the staff member involved had no symptoms of coronavirus, but decided to get tested as he had recently returned from the Greater Manchester area.

The 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester are now subject to new strict lockdown measures after a major incident was declared in the metropolitan area due to the rapid rise in cases of covid-19.

A spokesperson for Gerard Arms, who is part of the Greene King pub group, said: ‘We took swift action after a member of our team tested positive for Covid-19 and followed up all government guidelines on what to do. in this scenario.

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“We have decided to temporarily close the pub as a precaution to allow for a thorough cleaning and to allow other members of the team to take tests.

“We have implemented a number of social distancing measures in our pub as well as rigorous hygiene and cleanliness routines as part of our Pub Safe promises to teams and customers.

“We will reopen once we are satisfied that it is safe to do so. “

Photos taken today show the pub with doors closed, with signs saying ‘closed due to covid cleaning’.

We understand that at this time no other staff are showing symptoms of the virus, but the company is awaiting test results.

The pub says it has details of those who have visited in recent times which can be made available to the NHS Track and Trace team.


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