Venues reopen following positive tests for covid
As a bar and club in Alsager reopened this week following their closure after a member at one and worker at another tested positive for covid 19, people were reminded to get tested if they show coronavirus symptoms and to self-isolate for two weeks to protect others.
Alsager Golf Club, Linley, which has no connection with Alsager Golf and Country Club on Audley Road, announced on Friday that it had made the "difficult" decision" to close after a member contracted covid-19.
Then on Sunday the Fifty Five Degrees bar in the town centre shut its doors after one of its staff members had tested positive for covid-19, while The White Lion in Barthomley also closed on Sunday having found out one of its staff members had been in a venue where someone had tested positive although the worker later tested negative for covid-19.
By Monday evening the Linley golf club said that after taking advice from Public Health England it was set to reopen on Tuesday.
Fifty Five Degrees also reopened on Tuesday evening after being given the all clear by Cheshire East Council, while The White Lion had announced on Monday the pub would be open on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Cheshire East, which is helping to deliver the local pubic response to the pandemic, said: "The council's environmental health team has contacted all three premises where there have been links to two confirmed cases of covid-19 within the past week in order to offer advice and support.
"In addition, all three premises took swift action to inform customers of their decision to close temporarily either by social media or direct contact.
"Positive test results will be followed up by the national test and trace programme, supported by local teams as necessary.
"We would like to remind people to get tested if they show coronavirus symptoms and to self-isolate for two weeks to protect others.
"Symptoms can include a persistent cough, a high temperature, particularly around the back or chest area, or a loss of taste or smell.
"We would urge people to continue to follow government and Public Health England guidance on social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and hygiene, including regular handwashing and using an anti-bacterial gel."
When it announced its closure on Friday, Alsager Golf Club, Linley, said: "This has not been an easy decision and certainly has not been taken lightly, but given recent events, one we feel prudent to protect both our members and staff until we receive further guidance."
A club spokesperson told the Chronicle on Monday: "Following our recent temporary closure and after seeking advice from Public Health England we are now set to reopen on Tuesday, 28th July.
"Based on its guidance, we have conducted a thorough deep clean and are confident we've followed all required procedures.
"We'd like to reasssure all our members that the premises are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis and hygiene is very high on our priorities. We have always, and will continue to treat staff and members safety with the utmost importance.
They added: "Can we remind all members, staff and guests to be vigilant and to not attend if they show any symptoms. Anyone who knows they have been in close contact with anyone suffering from covid-19 should stay at home based on the Government guidelines for the required period unless they can provide evidence of a negative test."
The club believed a link with the other premises that closed was unlikely as the member with covid-19 did not frequent them.
On Sunday Fifty Five Degrees had posted: "One of our members of staff has tested positive for covid-19. They only received the test result this morning and so as a precaution we are now closed.
The person in question hasn't shown any symptoms and worked Friday from 6pm and from 8pm Saturday."
Later on Sunday the bar posted that Public Health England advised it that the only people likely to be affected and therefore could be contacted by the NHS Track and Trace are those individuals that were in contact with the member of staff for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than two metres.
Fifty Five Degrees added: "This is unlikely to be any customers, but could be other members of staff. We will inform you when Track and Trace have been in touch with our member of staff.
"As a precaution we are testing all members of staff and will not reopen until we have all the results. Public Health England have told us that there is no reason to close the bar but we will remain closed today and we are closed tomorrow anyway. In the meantime we will be undertaking a full deep clean."
In an update on Monday evening Fifty Five Degrees posted: "We have received a number of covid test results, and so far no positive tests. We have to treat this information with care as we do not want to breach the data protection act but suffice to say that we are treating this as good news.
"Track and Trace have been given our details but so far they have not been in touch with us. "We have also updated Cheshire East Environmental Health on the latest situation.
On Sunday evening the White Lion at Barthomley had posted: "We apologise for any inconvenience but we have closed for this evening the 26th July. Based upon information we have received late this afternoon regarding one of our staff members being in a venue where someone has tested positive for covid-19, we made the immediate decision to close to enable us to seek HSE advise."
On Monday evening the White Lion posted: "We are pleased to announce the member of staff in question has been for a covid test this morning and the results were received this afternoon as negative! The pub has had a full clean down anyway and we look forward to being open again as normal tomorrow!"
Lib Dem Coun Rod Fletcher, the leader of Alsager Town Council, said he aware the people of Alsager are "extremely concerned" about the easing of lockdown and the "mixed messages" coming from central Government.
Coun Fletcher added: "We all want to avoid a second wave. I would hope that people attending local restaurants, pubs etc will ensure social distancing, and the licensees will keep the required records of people attending. We all need to support our local businesses but if we do not follow the rules of lockdown easing we will be putting local businesses further at risk and risking a second wave."
On Monday The Linley pub on Talke Road, Alsager, said in the wake of the positive covid tests elsewhere it had decided to close for deep clean.
The Talke Road pub posted: "We have made the decision to close just for tonight so that we can clean and sterilise The Linley from top to bottom, due to a couple of cases of covid-19 in Alsager. This is, again, to keep our customers, staff and ourselves safe.
"Due to there being confirmed cases this close to home, we need customers to continue to provide their details for track and trace purposes. Many of you have been complying and we appreciate it a lot, but we cannot stand for fake details or refusing to comply anymore. We will re-open tomorrow night from 5pm, thank you for your support!"
For more information about Cheshire East Council's work and advice towards preventing the spread of covid-19 visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk