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Pub closes for 2 weeks after it’s linked to 8 coronavirus cases in County Durham – as 3 more venues shut to halt spread

A WORKING men’s club has closed for two weeks after eight punters tested positive for coronavirus.

Anyone who visited the Empire Club in Stanley, Co Durham between Sunday August 9 and Tuesday August 11 should isolate for 14 days.

Health chiefs are working to trace everyone who was there over that period.

The pub has closed, along with the town’s Ball Alley, Phoenix Club and East Stanley Workingmen’s Club, which have also been linked to virus cases.

Durham County Council staff have been working with Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace since the first suspected cases came to light.

Amanda Healy, director of public health for County Durham, said: “It is really important that anyone who visited the Stanley Empire Club on 9, 10 and 11 August self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their visit, along with the rest of their household, to reduce the risk of onward transmission.

“We are also encouraging anyone who visited the club who has symptoms to book a coronavirus test as well.

“However it is crucial that even if they get a negative result they continue to self-isolate for 14 days along with the rest of their household as symptoms can take up to 14 days to develop.

“A negative test today can be a positive test tomorrow.

“It is also really important that where someone gets a positive test, their whole household must join them in self-isolating for 14 days.”

It comes after 72 workers at dessert factory Bakkavor in Nottinghamshire tested positive for coronavirus.

All 1,600 employees will now be tested for the disease.

Staff at the factory had previously told local media that social distancing was not being followed on site, and in some instances those returning from coronavirus hotspots were not being told to self-isolate.

In April, operations manager Sean Madden was secretly recorded telling staff at a Bakkavor factory in North London they would be fired if they failed to come to work.

And almost 300 people tested positive for the virus after an outbreak at a factory in Northampton where Greencore makes sandwiches for Marks & Spencer.

The Northampton outbreak comes after a similar case in June at an Asdaowned meat processing site in West Yorkshire, where 165 employees were diagnosed with the virus.

Workers at a 2 Sisters Food Group meat processing site in Wales, which supplies Britain’s big grocers, also contracted the virus in June.

Three workers at a Cranswick food processing facility in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, died after contracting Covid-19 in May.

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