Wetherspoon moves staff from Newcastle to Cornwall after Covid outbreak

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon transported staff from across the country to work at a bar near the G7 summit – after its employees were forced to self-isolate due to a Covid outbreak.

The workers traveled to Cornwall to keep the pub open replacing the usual self-isolating team.

The staff are all at the management level of other Wetherspoon pubs, and some have come from as far away as Newcastle on Tyne, a source said.

The Towan Blystra pub in Newquay is five miles from Newquay Airport, where attendees and staff flew to the G7 summit which kicked off on Friday.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We can confirm that four staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 at Towan Blystra on Cliff Rd in Newquay.

“In accordance with NHS guidelines, these employees are required to self-isolate for the required ten day period.

“Wetherspoon wishes the employees a full and speedy recovery.

“As a precaution, in accordance with public health guidelines, 19 other staff who may have come into close contact with employees who tested positive were also asked to self-isolate for 10 days.

“We are working closely with the Cornwall Council, Public Health England and other relevant authorities and have followed their advice regarding the cases.

“We haven’t been asked to close the pub and it remains open.

“In order to support the pub, given the number of employees who self-isolate, other managers and experienced Wetherspoon staff from a number of our pubs, both in Cornwall and beyond, have worked at the pub since June 4th.

“The operational procedures and hygiene practices implemented by the company mean that all hand contact points are frequently cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.

“The ads are also thoroughly cleaned at the end of each trading day.

“Wetherspoon has implemented a number of social distancing measures in all of its pubs in accordance with COVID 19 government guidelines and regulations.

“While it is not possible to create an entirely risk-free environment, adhering to social distancing guidelines and rigorous implementation of hygiene standards minimize the risk.”

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