Covid-19: Test & Trace closes another Cornish pub

Posted By on 25th August 2020

By Anne North

Another of Cornwall’s pubs has been forced to close as a precaution against Covid-19.

The 17th century Devon and Cornwall Inn, at Millbrook, has been notified by the Test and Trace system that a customer had been tagged as a contact of someone who had tested positive for the virus.

This means that even though there is no evidence that anyone with Covid-19 has actually been in the pub, it has now closed for at least a few days.

The Devon and Cornwall Inn now joins Helford’s Shipwright’s Arms among those pubs which have put "safety first" as part of a “zero risk” approach to Covid-19 management.  The Shipwright’s Arms has now reopened.

Both pubs have been praised for the way they have responded to the potential contact.

A statement on the Devon and Cornwall Inn Facebook page, posted last night, says: “As a precaution, the pub is now closed for a deep clean and we are awaiting further instruction from the NHS Test & Trace team.

“Please note we have not had confirmation that an actual customer who has visited us is confirmed with the virus, we are merely being extra vigilant and cautious in the interests of everyone’s safety, due to a customer who has been in close contact with someone who is now confirmed to have the virus.

“We won’t be answering comments or questions on this thread, but will be in touch with anyone we need to be as per the Test and Trace helpline.

“We hope to be reopen within a couple of days subject to the advice we receive from the relevant authorities.  Please keep an eye on our social media for any further updates.”

Pubs are supposed to take contact details of customers so that if any individual is subsequently identified as a contact by the Test and Trace system, the premises can be alerted.

However, the government’s official guidance says it is only a voluntary requirement for customers to provide those contact details.