North Staffordshire pub closes for seven days due to positive coronavirus test



A popular North Staffordshire pub has closed its doors for the week after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The Bush pub, in High Street, Silverdale, revealed on social media it would be closed until Monday (August 31) for a deep clean.

Owner Chris Yates-Dutton is now urging anyone who has been to the boozer since Saturday to go and get tested.

He says the closure comes after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19 following a trip to Silverdale Workingmen’s Club.

The club was forced to close its doors for a week after there were two confirmed cases of coronavirus at the venue.

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Ms Yates-Dutton said: “Sorry to inform you all but we have closed our doors due to a member of staff testing positive for Covid.

“We would ask anyone who has been in to get tested and after a deep clean hope to see you from August 31.

“Please all stay safe.”

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Silverdale Athletic FC has also confirmed its clubhouse and facilities will be closed until September 1 in light of the recent news.

A spokesman said: “In response to recent events and to support our local community , the Silverdale Athletic management committee have taken the decision to close the clubhouse and its facilities until September 2.”

The Vine, also in High Street, has also announced it’s closing its doors to protect its staff and customers.

A spokesman said: “We have taken the decision as a responsible venue to close the doors and not help the virus spread

“We prefer to close and keep staff & customers safe and happy. This virus is awful and we all need to stick to government guidelines and help with stopping it the virus.”

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A number of coronavirus testing sites are now operation across the area including at the bet365 Stadium and on Newcastle’s Ryecroft car park.

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