A PUB in Yorkshire has been forced to close after four customers tested positive for coronavirus.
Local authorities confirmed last night that The Black Horse in the village of Tollerton, North Yorkshire had shut its doors – with all close contacts of those infected told to self-isolate.
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According to North Yorkshire County Council, the cases developed among customers who visited the pub between Thursday July 30 and Monday August 3.
NHS Test and Trace has now identified all close contacts of the cases and advised them to self-isolate for fourteen days.
Punters who were at the pub during the period, and have not been identified as contacts through NHS Test and Trace, are not considered to be at risk.
The Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire, Dr Lincoln Sargeant, said: “The Black Horse management have taken all necessary actions and are implementing measures to prevent further spread of the infection, including helping identify close contacts of cases.
“NHS Test and Trace staff have identified the contacts and cases and those who need to are self-isolating, as advised.
“Although there has only been a small number of cases this outbreak highlights the need for us all to follow Government guidance on social distancing, hand hygiene, wearing face coverings and other measures aimed at keeping everyone safe.”
Last week, the district of Hambleton – where the pub is located- recorded its first four coronavirus infections following two weeks with no confirmed cases, Hambleton Today reports.
It comes amid other reports of coronavirus outbreaks in pubs, with health officials scrambling to trace 70 customers after an outbreak was linked to a pub BBQ in Birmingham.
The Soho Foundry in Smethwick, West Mids., was forced to temporarily close after three people tested positive for Covid-19.
And last month, The Crown & Anchor in Staffordshire came under fire after “200” punters were pictured crammed together “like sardines” – with 19 cases later linked to the venue.
A spokesperson for Hambleton District Council said: “As a precautionary measure the pub owners will be keeping the pub closed temporarily and our Environmental Health team will support the pub and its customers with any advice or guidance required to protect them from the risk of Covid-19 infection.”