Another venue has closed its doors as the number of people testing positive for coronavirus following a Covid-19 outbreak continues to rise.
The WMC is currently closed until at least this weekend and anyone who went to the High Street venue between August 16 and 9pm on August 21 is being urged to get tested.
A number of pubs – The Vine, The Roebuck, The Bush and The Crown Inn, which are all in Silverdale, and The Wheatsheaf, in Onneley – have all voluntarily closed following the outbreak.
Silverdale Sports and Social Club and the facilities and clubhouse at Silverdale Athletic Football Club are also shut.
Now Staffordshire County Council has confirmed that the number of positive cases linked to the WMC has risen to seven. There are a further three suspected cases.
Madeley Club had been back open since July 6 following the relaxation of the Government’s lockdown rules. New safety measures included sneeze screens, hand sanitiser stations, social distancing markers, a ban on non-members, and no fruit machines or pool table.
But the Newcastle Road venue closed on Tuesday, August 25 following the localised outbreak. It is not known when it will reopen.
A message outside Madeley Club states: “Due to the recently confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the area, for the safety of our staff and customers we are making the decision to close our doors until further notice.
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“During the time we are closed we will be completing a further deep clean of the premises.
“At present we are not aware of anyone who has tested positive who has been into the club. This is currently a precautionary measure to ensure your safety.
“Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all shortly.”
More than 400 people who visited The Bush over that period have been contacted within 24 hours as part of the Government’s tack and trace system. The High Street pub has been working with environmental health teams from the local council.
Landlady Chris Yates said: “Please everyone get tested and stay safe.”
Anyone who is displaying coronavirus symptoms should stay at home for 10 days as well as book a test.
Tests are available at the drive-through facility at the bet365 Stadium or at the walk-through centre on the Ryecroft car park, in Newcastle-under-Lyme.