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Popular pub hit by coronavirus closure

Written by on 09/10/2020

A Barnsley pub is set to reopen tomorrow after closing when two people “close” to its team of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The decision to shut the Old Bridge Inn, in Burton Road, Monk Bretton, was announced to customers on social media, with management describing it as “not a decision we’ve taken lightly”.

The closure was temporary and it is anticipated the pub will re-open on tomorrow on October 10.

Customers were contacted by the authorities through the track and trace system.

In a Facebook statement at the time they said: “Our loyal customers will know that our first priority is ensuing our staff and our customers are protected and can work and enjoy the pub in as safe an environment as possible.

“Unfortunately, two close members of our team have received positive Covid-19 tests after being in self isolation since Tuesday 29th September.

“We have decided therefore to take the temporary measure to close the pub until 10th October. It is not a decision we’ve taken lightly but we want to ensure the safety of our customers and our staff.

“We will be conducting a deep clean of the pub and look forward to seeing our regulars at the pub when we are able to open again. Many thanks for the continued support of our loyal customers at this difficult time #staysafe.”

The closure comes after it emerged that Barnsley ‘s Covid-19 infection rated had been kept artificially low as a result of the error which saw around 16,000 cases lost from the track and trace system.

It means Barnsley’s infection rate has now risen above 100 for every 100,000 people, putting the town under increased scrutiny which could eventually lead to more stringent lockdown measures.

The Old Bridge Inn has previously stated it’s intention to be the safest in the area and has been popular with customers, with the business advising drinkers to book tables in advance at weekends due to the popularity of the venue.