South Shields pub to close for deep clean after customer tests positive for coronavirus

A South Shields pub will close for an ‘additional and rigorous’ clean after a customer later tested positive for Covid-19.

Life of Riley bosses announced that the pub had been informed today (Thursday, August 27) that a customer who had visited the establishment on Saturday, August 22, has since tested positive for coronavirus.

The Mill End Road pub intends to reopen by 7pm on Friday, August 28, following an additional deep clean.

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It follows the closure of Jarrow pub The Lakeside Inn on Wednesday, August 26, after two staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

A visitor at Life of Riley has since tested positive for Covid-19.

Posting on Facebook, a spokesman for Life of Riley South Shields said: “We have been informed today, Thursday 27th August, that one visitor to our establishment on Saturday 22nd August has tested positive for COVID-19.

"As a precaution, we will temporarily close the premises tonight in order to complete an additional, rigorous clean, on top of the stringent procedures that we complete on a daily basis.

"Our track and trace system will be made available to the relevant authorities should this be requested. Environmental health have attended and are satisfied with precautions we implemented and the subsequent swift action we have taken.

"We would like to thank our staff and customers for adhering to the policies put in place by us and the authorities so that we can swiftly deal with this situation and re-open at the earliest possible time.

"We will re-open at 7pm tomorrow, Friday 28th August.”