A market town in Staffordshire is currently battling a coronavirus outbreak related to a local pub that has infected at least ten people after filming 200 drinkers "like sardines" in a beer garden, which clearly violates the social distance guidelines.
Punters and staff who were at the Crown and Anchor in Stone between July 16 and 18 are now asked to make swabs urgently, as well as anyone who has been in close contact with visitors to the pub.
A new test center was set up in a parking lot 350 meters away, and people who had been in Stone on those evenings and who had been showing symptoms since then, even though they did not go to the pub, should now also get a test.
A customer in the pub, who closed due to overcrowding and tested positive, is also said to have held a private gathering, which has led to further spread. There were 43 new cases in Staffordshire during the week to Sunday.
It comes after resident Ayrron Robinson made a video of people being packed in the beer garden earlier this month and said, "If we have to go to the local closures, the pub has a lot of responsibility."
The 17th-century pub, which is not part of a chain, belongs to the couple Teresa (47) and Custodio Pinto (51), who took over the company in 2013. The company was registered as a limited liability company in Companies House in July 2019.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now concerned that a second wave of coronaviruses could start in the UK within 14 days, while extensive local blocking restrictions have been introduced in Oldham after a massive increase in the number of cases in the city.
Although the number of national cases in the UK is relatively small, increases have been recorded every day for the first time since the peak in April last week. The seven-day average is almost 700 – 28 percent more than three weeks ago.
People queue at a walk-in Covid-19 test center that was set up today in the parking lot on Crown Street in Stone
People wearing masks walk past Crown and Anchor in the city of Staffordshire after an increase in coronavirus cases
People are waiting today at the Coronavirus Test Center in Stone, Staffordshire after it was set up after the outbreak
One person is being tested in their car today in the new center set up in the town of Stone in Staffordshire
The 17th-century pub, which is not part of a chain, belongs to Teresa (47) and Custodio Pinto (51), who took over the management in 2013
31-year-old Robinson, who has been living opposite the Stone pub for four years, filmed the clip out of his window after worrying about an apparent lack of social distance.
He said: "It is reasonable for the Council to act and take it seriously, but it is a shame that it has gone so far. I was very concerned about the number of people who were there – at least 200.
What is the government policy for pubs?
If you are eating or drinking with people you do not live with (and who are not in your support bladder), you should follow the broader group size guidelines: up to two households indoors and up to two households or six people out more than two households outdoors.
In any case, people from different households should make sure that they distance themselves socially as much as possible.
With this in mind, you should consider where to sit at a table. The premises should also take reasonable steps to do so in accordance with Covid-19's security policy.
The case remains that you don't have to maintain a social distance from those in your support bubble.
This change does not affect the support you receive from your caregivers.
FOR PUB OWNERS:
Manage customer entry and the number of customers at an event location so that all customers sit indoors at a reasonable distance and customers have plenty of seating or standing space outdoors. This is to ensure that the venue, including the congested areas, is not crowded. The access numbers can be managed, for example, via reservation systems, social distance markers, queues for customers at a safe distance for toilets or the transfer of payment machines to customers, if this is possible.
“With luck, the virus has not spread too widely and is becoming a major outbreak. If we have to go to the local closures, the pub has a lot of responsibility.
"It's been the city talk for some time now, and even Covid's local Facebook group asked people to get tested."
The mobile walk-in center is open today and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and no appointment is required.
Dr. Richard Harling, director of public health for the Staffordshire County Council, said: “As part of our outbreak control efforts, we have an outbreak at the Crown and Anchor Pub in Stone.
“It is important that everyone who drinks or works in the pub this weekend is tested as soon as possible. That is why we made sure that a mobile test unit is in town all day tomorrow and Friday.
“We also want people who have been in close contact with someone who drinks in the pub this weekend to be tested, as well as people who are out and about in the city and have Covid 19 symptoms – namely high temperatures. new persistent cough or loss of taste and smell.
It is also important that people isolate themselves when asked to do so.
“Testing gives us important information about the full extent of an outbreak, and we can take action if necessary to prevent the spread of infections.
“We do everything to prevent outbreaks and prevent the virus from spreading.
"Residents can help by continuing to follow the rules to stop Covid-19 from spreading – wash your hands regularly, keep your distance, and wear facewear in shops and public transportation."
The crown and anchor are now closed after saying they were "overwhelmed" last weekend. It was instructed to perform a risk assessment before reopening.
No one in the pub was available for comment, but a spokesman said on July 24, “Due to the overwhelming number of visitors to the Crown and Anchor on Saturday, we decided to close this weekend to be able to review our risk assessment at deal with the difficulties we faced with social distancing.
& # 39; By saying that we are grateful and grateful to all of our customers and would like to make it a safe environment for you when we reopen next weekend. We will publish our updated guidelines. & # 39;
Pub owner Ms. Pinto was quoted in the local press about Brexit last December and said, "We employ some people from Europe because they appear to be more reliable workers."
The pub had previously been closed in August 2014 when Mr. Pinto found out that he had no license after a voluntary liquidation process.
People line up in Stone today after the test center is set up in Staffordshire
People line up near the pub today after the rise in coronavirus cases. Anyone who has been in close contact with visitors to the pub is invited to take a test in a new center
A woman with a face mask is walking in front of the Crown and Anchor Pub in Stone today
The crown and the thatched roof anchor were built in 1675 and rebuilt in 1937 after the upper part of the building was destroyed in a fire in order to crown George VI. To celebrate.
A member of the armed forces is on the phone at the test center in Stone today
Boris Johnson fears that a second wave of coronavirus may appear within 14 days. The Prime Minister is "extremely concerned" about outbreaks that "bubble" both domestically and abroad.
Ministers have warned of a possible second wave of the pandemic this winter, but fear that it may occur earlier. During a visit to Nottingham yesterday, Mr. Johnson said the British should not be on guard.
Mr. Johnson is said to have been startled by the resurgence of the virus in parts of the United States and Europe after the blockade was loosened.
Cases in Spain doubled last week, while the Belgian government warned of a second "complete block" unless the outbreaks get under control.
The head of the German health authority said yesterday that he was "very concerned" about rising infection rates.
A Downing Street source said, "The Prime Minister is extremely concerned about what he sees abroad and fears that we could see the same thing here in a fortnight.
“People have to realize that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. He wants to open things up and get people back to work, but he knows that if something goes wrong it will be his head on the block. & # 39;
In the meantime, a report from MPs has condemned the government's "ruthless and appalling mistake" of having 25,000 pensioners released into nursing homes without tests.
In Oldham, the city's 235,000 residents were told not to invite “social visitors” to their homes. They were also instructed to stay two meters away from friends and family when they saw them outside.
The beer garden at the Crown and Anchor Pub in Stone is pictured today after the outbreak in the city
In addition, nursing homes in the city of Greater Manchester will not relax the restrictions on visitors, and people who "shield" are advised to continue for another two weeks from Friday.
The new steps taken by the city's large Muslim population days before the celebration of the oath were taken after the positive test rate quintupled to 50 per 100,000 people, compared to just 10 per 100,000 a week ago.
Oldham has seen 119 cases in the seven days to July 25, compared to only 26 the week before. The sudden surge led to actions similar to those that occurred two weeks ago in Blackburn with Darwen.
As in the cities of Lancashire, multi-generation transmissions in traditional Asian households are more of a key factor than single outbreaks, the health chief said yesterday.
Katrina Stephens, director of public health at Oldham, said that the gradual lifting of the blocking measures "inevitably" played a role in the "sudden spike" that the district had seen.
"If people interact more with each other, we will inevitably see more cases," she added. Another factor is the residents of Oldham who visit friends and families at hotspots in Lancashire like Blackburn and Pendle, she added.
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