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Corona virus outbreak in a pub where 200 drinkers were penned up


Ten people caught corona virus in a pub in a market town, where up to 200 drinkers were crammed "like sardines" into the beer garden.

Punters and staff who were at the Crown and Anchor in Stone, Staffordshire between July 16 and 18, are now urged to make swabs as well as anyone who has been in close contact with pub visitors.

A new center was established 350 meters away in the parking lot on Crown Street, and people who had been in Stone on one of 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 shocking video of people packed in the garden saying, "If we have to go to the local block, the pub has a lot of responsibility."

Local resident Ayrron Robinson filmed people packed in the Crown and Anchor beer garden in Stone and said, "If we have to go to the local closures, the pub has a lot of responsibility."

People are standing in line at a walk-in Covid 19 test center in the parking lot on Crown Street in Stone

People are standing in line at a walk-in Covid 19 test center in the parking lot on Crown Street in Stone

People who wear go past the crown and anchor today after an increase has occurred in coronavirus cases

People who wear go past the crown and anchor today after an increase has occurred in coronavirus cases

People are waiting today at the Coronavirus Test Center in Stone, Staffordshire after it is set up

People are waiting today at the Coronavirus Test Center in Stone, Staffordshire after it is set up

People are being tested in their car today at the new center in Stone, Staffordshire

People are being tested in their car today at the new center in Stone, Staffordshire

31-year-old Robinson, who has been living opposite the pub for four years, filmed the clip from 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.

What is the government policy for pubs?

FOR VISITORS:

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.

“I was very concerned about the number of people who were there – at least 200. With luck, the virus has not spread too widely and is becoming a major outbreak.

“If we have to close on site, 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. & # 39;

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.

People line up in Stone today after the test center is set up in Staffordshire

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

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

A woman with a face mask is walking in front of the Crown and Anchor Pub in Stone today

The beer garden at the Crown and Anchor Pub in Stone is pictured today

The beer garden at the Crown and Anchor Pub in Stone is pictured today

& # 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;

A member of the armed forces is on the phone at the test center in Stone today

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.

Although the number of 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.

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.

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