Anyone who visited a Crawley pub in a nine-day period is being asked to self-isolate after 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus are being linked to the pub.
The Downsman, on Wakehurst Drive in Southgate, closed on Sunday, July 19 after two members of staff tested positive for Covid-19.
And now further cases have a link to the pub anyone who went there from July 9 – July 18 (except July 16) is being urged to self-isolate for 14 days.
In a statement at the time of the closure, the pub said: “The staff members took tests as a precaution despite showing little to no signs of symptoms.”
“We have been in contact with Public Health England to make them aware of the situation and as a result we have chosen to close briefly to carry out a further deep clean of the pub as a precaution for the safety of our customers.
“We have followed all of the required steps at this stage and the details of customers who have visited us have been made available to the NHS Test and Trace team.”
The pub had been doing deliveries and takeaways from its Indian menu before closing.
It was confirmed on Friday, July 24 that there have now been 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus with a link to the pub.
“we are asking people to take action to ensure the virus does not spread further”
A Crawley Borough Council spokesperson said: “We were notified of an outbreak of Covid-19 at The Downsman pub in Crawley earlier this week and since then Public Health England has been organising contact tracing of staff and customers.
“There are 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus with a link to the pub and while this is a relatively small number and may not be the definite source of infection for all these cases, we are asking people to take action to ensure the virus does not spread further.”
Anyone one who went to The Downsman pub between Thursday, July 9 and Saturday, July 18 – but excluding Thursday, July 16 – is being asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your last visit.
The council spokesperson added: “If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate and get tested.
“Symptoms include a high temperature, new continuous cough and a loss or change in your sense of taste and smell.”
If you develop symptoms your household contacts will also have to self-isolate. More information on self-isolation is available on the NHS website.
If you have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, you will need to complete your 14-day isolation period even if you test negative.
Anyone who needs to arrange a free test should visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.
There is a testing site in Crawley until Tuesday, July 28 and there is also a testing centre at Gatwick Airport.
As part of the NHS Test and Trace system, anyone who goes to a pub is asked to provide their contact details so they can be contacted if they come into contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus.
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“Coronavirus is still with us and as restrictions are eased it is very important to continue to take action by hand washing with soap and water regularly, keeping a good social distance from people not in your household, wearing a face covering in shops or when keeping a safe social distance is not possible,” the council spokesperson said.
“Residents are asked to do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus.”
West Sussex County Council Public Health and Public Health England (PHE) are continuing to monitor the situation and will organise contact tracing for any further identified cases who may have visited the pub.
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