The Downsman pub in Crawley confirms it has closed as staff have coronavirus

A pub in Crawley has been temporarily closed after two members of staff tested positive for coronavirus this afternoon (Sunday, July 19).

The Downsman, on Wakehurst Drive in Southgate, closed today having been open yesterday (Saturday).

In a statement, the pub confirmed to us: “We have taken the decision to temporarily close The Downsman after two members of our team tested positive for Covid-19 this afternoon.

“The staff members took tests as a precaution despite showing little to no signs of symptoms, and have not been on the premises since early last week and are now self isolating.

“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.

“We expect to be back open again very soon once we are assured that it is safe to do so. Thank you all for your understanding at this time and we hope to see you soon.”

As well as being open on Saturday (July 18) the pub had also been doing deliveries and takeaways from its Indian menu.

The pub is now not taking food orders online or on Deliveroo. 

When other pubs have undergone deep cleans after outbreaks they have been able to reopen relatively quickly, usually within days.

According to data published by Public Health England, 435 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Crawley.

In the UK, 294,792 people have tested positive for the virus. Sadly, 45,300 have died.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson allowed pubs to reopen on July 4 providing those inside the pub socially distance and stay seated at tables.

As part of the NHS Test and Trace system, anyone who goes to the 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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