Batley pub 'shut until further notice' amid virus incident

A Batley pub has been forced to close after a customer tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 10:34 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 4:24 pm

The Fox and Hounds, on Bennett Lane, flung open its doors to revellers for the first time since March on Saturday, but has since had to shut again after the customer called the pub on Monday to alert them that they had tested positive for the deadly virus.

The pub has since closed until further notice and will undergo a deep clean, while all staff have been tested for Covid-19 and are now awaiting guidance from the NHS and track and trace.

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The Fox & Hounds Pub

“I got a phone call from a customer which visited our pub on Saturday to say they’d tested positive for coronavirus.

“On their visit they were unaware and had no symptoms but after seeing a post [from] another place they’d visited, thought it was best to take a test to which they came back positive. Due to privacy reasons we won’t be naming this person.

“Following this information we’re awaiting further guidance from NHS and track and trace.”

“We fully understand this is a scary time but want to ensure our customer safety is our main priority in these tough times.

Health Sec, Matt Hancock

“Over the past few weeks we have put a lot of hard work into the pub following government guidance to get us opened back up.

“Anyone that has visited us this weekend can see our new lay out of tables of 1metre plus, our one way systems, full table service and continuously cleaning throughout.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, health secretary Matt Hancock MPs the pub was ‘doing the right thing by their customers and by their communities’.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director of Public Health at Kirklees Council, said: “Public Health England and Kirklees Council have not advised the Hare and Hounds pub in Batley to close but we’re aware they decided to do so as a precaution.

“We’ll continue to work with Public Health England to advise businesses on infection control wherever a case of Covid-19 is confirmed and there’s potential for ongoing risk to others.

“The national NHS Test and Trace programme means people who might have come into contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 will be contacted and advised to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of where this may have been.

“With some lockdown measures eased, everyone in Kirklees needs to continue to socially distance, wash hands regularly and get tested if they have symptoms.”

For advice contact 111.