New COVID-19 cases connected to Wetherspoon pubs in Coventry city centre

A customer who visited The Flying Standard, The Spon Gate and the Earl of Mercia pubs on 3, 5 and 6 September has tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone who may have visited three Coventry city centre pubs last weekend are being urged to remain vigilant and seek a COVID-19 test if they develop any coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild.

The warning comes after a customer, who visited The Flying Standard, The Spon Gate and the Earl of Mercia pubs on Thursday 3, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

Some individuals have already been contacted by the national Test and Trace service.

The three JD Wetherspoon pubs in Coventry city centre remain open following the confirmed case, with a public health representative saying the establishments have “appropriate COVID-secure measures in place, so the risk to customers should be low.”

The measures implemented by the pubs include reduced capacity, increased space between tables, the installation of floor screens between tables and hand sanitiser stations.

A spokesperson from JD Wetherspoons explained: “While it is not possible to completely eliminate risk, Wetherspoon believes a combination of stringent hygiene and social distancing measures helps to minimise it”.

Those who were not in direct contact with the individual are being urged to be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, new continuous cough or change in/loss of taste – and to seek a test if they develop any of the symptoms.

A public health consultant at Coventry City Council said they believe the rise in cases over the last few weeks has been associated with people visiting pubs.

“We would urge residents to take swift action should they display any symptoms of the virus. If you are showing any symptoms, you need to self-isolate immediately with your household members and get a test”, they said.

They went on to ask local pub-goers to stick to one pub – not visit several in one night – as it reduces the risk of infection and puts less people at risk.

To book a coronavirus test or find out more, visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.