It was revealed yesterday that the Falmouth Front had closed after staff tested positive and Cornwall Council said public health officials were aware of a small number of sites in the area which had recorded positive tests.
The case follows a massive influx of visitors during the mid-term and comes as world leaders gather for the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, near St Ives, this weekend. Falmouth serves as a media center with visitors from around the world for the international event.
Now it has been reported that the Boo Koos burger restaurant in Falmouth and Muddy Beach in Penryn have both closed due to positive Covid-19 test results.
The Shipwrights Arms in Helford also announced its closure after recording a positive Covid-19 test among staff.
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These closures also follow several in St Ives, a mile from where President Biden, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other dignitaries are staying. Staff, including security, and media have stayed at at least one of the nearby sites. Read more about it here.
On his Facebook page, Boo Koos said: “It is with great regret that due to a case of Covid-19 within our facility, we will follow government guidelines and close with immediate effect for a period of time. .
“We are actively working to isolate this case and test those who may have come in contact so that we can establish a reopening date. During this time, our team is working to reach out to all bookings planned for the next few days to let them know how this affects their booking via email or text.
“Please note that while we are working on initiating a reopening date, there will be certain days that we currently cannot confirm or cancel until we find out more. Thank you for your patience with us at this time. We really hope to see you soon.
The Shipwrights Arms said on its Facebook page that it had closed as a precaution.
He wrote: “Unfortunately, we had a positive result on a lateral flow test, and we believe there is a need to have all of our staff tested. If you’ve visited us, you know we take our Covid security very seriously.
“Please know that we were not told to shut down, we have chosen to be proactive in this situation. We hope to be open in a few days, if all of our results are negative.
“We have already contacted all the necessary customers to inform them of the situation. “
And Penryn’s Muddy Beach cafe also announced its temporary closure on Facebook: “Unfortunately we had to shut down Muddy like today due to a staff member testing positive for Covid. We are waiting for the results of the PCR – this will then trigger the Track and Trace app and we will also notify anyone who has left us their name and number in the last two days. All staff working in the past two days are also tested and isolated.
“We thank you all for your continued support and we are just battling this horrible storm. We will reopen Muddy when it is safe to do so after 10 days. It’s been a crazy week with staff issues, and now this! However, we will overcome this and see you again soon.
Cornwall council yesterday released a statement saying it was offering support to affected businesses.
He said: ‘We are aware of confirmed cases of Covid-19 at a small number of reception locations in Falmouth. All positive cases are self-isolating and contacts are identified and receive appropriate counseling.
“The sites are working closely with the Cornwall Council public health team and Public Health England (PHE) South West to help prevent further transmission. No site has been asked to close.
“While Covid-19 cases remain relatively low in Cornwall, we are now seeing a sharp increase in the number of cases which reflects the national situation over the past fifteen weeks. “
Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: ‘We are working with these sites, Public Health England South West and our NHS partners to provide public health advice and help stop the spread of virus.
“Our case rates in Cornwall are relatively low compared to the rest of the country, and we need everyone to help us keep it that way. It is essential that people do not let their guard down as we enter the summer vacation season and we all continue to follow the latest public health guidelines, to remember “hands, face, space.” and fresh air ”, to isolate us if necessary and the vaccine when you are eligible to do so.
“I also urge everyone to make bi-weekly testing part of their routine so that we can identify cases even when people are not having symptoms. Rapid lateral flow tests are free and can be picked up at your local pharmacy or ordered online.
“If someone develops symptoms, including a new continuous cough, high temperature, or loss or change in taste or smell, they should self-isolate immediately and book a test. ”
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