Covid-hit North Staffordshire pub back open as 14 staff put in self-isolation



A popular country pub is back open – after 14 of its employees were put into self-isolation.

The Lazy Trout, in Meerbrook, near Leek, has taken the action after one of its employees tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend.

The venue was closed for a deep-clean on Monday, July 19.

But it is now back open with a new team of staff.

In a Facebook post to customers, The Lazy Trout said: “We are pleased to announce that we have now been able to reopen. The staff member who tested positive by lateral flow has now tested positive by a PCR test.

“But because we identified all possible close contacts straight away and these members are self-isolating we don’t perceive there to be any risk of opening again with different staff.

“I’m pleased to say that the staff member is still fit and well and has no Covid symptoms. Although the staff member who has tested positive was working on Sunday we don’t believe any member of the public will be classed as a close contact.

“We believe we have enough staff to carry on this week, although we have had to forfeit our breakfast service to ensure we have enough staff for lunch and evening services.

“We can confirm that every surface has been wiped, the carpet cleaned, every cushion washed and, hence, we are confident to open up.”





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