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Coronavirus: Update on case of COVID-19 linked to Boathouse Inn – no further cases

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Shropshire Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands in response to a single positive case of coronavirus in a person who had visited the Boathouse Inn Shrewsbury late on the evening of Saturday 8 August.

Several close contacts of the individual have been identified through NHS Test and Trace and all have been contacted and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. All contacts have tested negative for the virus.

Other people who were at the pub late on Saturday have NOT been identified as contacts through NHS Test and Trace and are therefore NOT considered to be at risk. There are no further cases of COVID-19 that have been linked to the Boathouse Inn.

Following notification of the positive case, the pub closed voluntarily to carry out a thorough clean and has now reopened.

If anyone develops symptoms of COVID-19, including a new, persistent dry cough; raised temperature, loss or change to their sense of smell and/or taste they should self-isolate and organise a test as soon as possible from the NHS website or by ringing 119. 

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire’s Director of Public Health said:

“The Boathouse Inn is a COVID-secure environment and the management have put good measures in place to prevent spread of the infection, including a deep clean of the premises and helping identify close contacts of the case.

“Shropshire Council and PHE are in regular contact with the venue to offer advice and support.

“I would like to stress that the risk to the wider public is very low.

“NHS Test and Trace staff have identified the contacts of the case, and those who need to are self-isolating, as advised.

“Although there has only been once case, this highlights the need for us all to follow Government guidance on social distancing, hand hygiene and other measures aimed at keeping everyone safe.”

You can find up to date guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways, on the government website here.

Further information for media

We will be providing regular updates on the current situation on our Newsroom and on social media. If there are no updates posted on Newsroom, this means there is nothing to report on that day.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiries.

Further information

People who have developed symptoms or have tested positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until they are 48 hours without a fever (raised temperature), whichever is the longest.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household bubble (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • if you are unable to wash hands and they are visibly clean, use hand sanitiser with at least 75% alcohol content
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • wear face coverings on public transport and when going into any enclosed public places including shops, supermarkets and on public transport

Read more about what you can and cannot do here.