Maesteg’s pubs got a deep clean after ‘returning holidaymakers from Zakynthos with symptoms of coronavirus went out to drink’

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A number of pubs and establishments in Maesteg are being deep cleaned after claims on social media that people recently returned from Zakynthos with symptoms of Covid-19 drank there over the weekend . The individuals are believed to have returned to Wales from the Greek island of Zante, which has recently seen an increase in coronavirus cases.

A spokesperson for the Bridgend County Borough Council told WalesOnline: ‘We have been made aware of stories on social media circulating individuals in the Maesteg area who have returned from Zakynthos and potentially presenting symptoms of Covid-19.

“All passengers who were on the TUI flight to Wales from the Greek island were asked to self-isolate and be tested within 48 hours.

“Anyone who thinks they have come into contact with people who have returned from Zakynthos should be on the lookout for signs of symptoms of Covid-19.”

The council said its shared regulatory services would be in contact with establishments where those people were alleged to be staying over the weekend.

Maesteg adviser Ross Thomas said he was not made aware of an incident by Public Health Wales or local authorities on Tuesday evening, but knew some local pubs were contacting customers directly to inform them of the situation .

On Facebook, he wrote: “I got a lot of messages regarding a potential positive Covid case in Maesteg over the weekend. I don’t know the exact details but I understand some local pubs are contacting customers directly to let them know. their. ”

Maesteg Celtic RFC said it was closing at 8 pm Tuesday night “due to the current situation”.

Writing on social media, they said, “We have a cleaning company arriving tomorrow morning at 8 am. We have been informed by [Brigend County Borough Council].

“We will publish our certificate once received. Just to confirm that we have not been contacted by Public Health Wales just BCBC. “

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Commercial cleaning company, CSC Specialist Cleaning Services, confirmed it visited Maesteg Celtic, MacNamara Arms and Navi Pub for decontamination on Wednesday morning.

All the premises were demisted and sprayed chemically, they said.

A spokesperson for Public Health Wales said: ‘Public Health Wales investigations into a number of coronavirus cases in Wales have indicated a lack of social distancing, particularly by a minority of the age 20-30 years, resulted in the spread. virus to other groups of people.

“We would make a direct appeal to young people to remember that even if they felt they would not be severely affected by Covid-19 if they were to test positive, should they pass it on to members their older or more vulnerable family, friends or colleagues. it could be extremely serious, even fatal. ”

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