Bar in Manchester forced to shut after three staff members test positive for coronavirus

A BAR in Greater Manchester has been forced to shut after three staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

Thom's Bar and Kitchen, in Stockport, reopened on 'Super Saturday' but has had to close its doors again following the positive cases.

They have contacted Public Health England but encouraged punters to book or order a coronavirus test in the meantime.

Bosses at the bar insisted they had followed all of the appropriate social distancing guidelines since reopening on July 4.

One staff member initially tested positive for the virus, before two more also contracted the disease.

In a post on the bar's Facebook page on Monday morning, a spokesperson said: "Just to let everyone know that unfortunately we have now temporarily closed.

"On Sunday we were notified that a member of staff had tested positive for Covid-19 and decided to close our premises.

"As our focus is and always has been on customer and staff welfare, this was the obvious course of action to take.

"We have contacted Public Health England and a consultant will be advising us on any procedures we need to follow and assist us in safely reopening in a timely and safe manner.

"We hope to be able to safely reopen soon and welcome you all back with socially distant open arms.

"Thank you to everyone for your support so far and we can't wait to see you all again."

In an updated statement, the bar later revealed two more staff members had tested positive.

They said: "Since our first announcement we can now confirm that two more members of our team have tested positive.

"We have contacted PHE and are still waiting to hear back from a representative.

"As this must be a very busy time for PHE, anyone who has visited us in the last week may want to air on the side of caution and book/order a test whilst waiting for PHE to contact them.

"Thank you again for everyone's support in this time and we will be aiming to update everyone as soon as we have more information available."

Stockport Council has been contacted for a comment.

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