Pub barbecue sparks coronavirus outbreak as 70 people asked to isolate – Metro.co.uk

The Soho Foundry Tavern, in Smethwick

Three people tested positive for the virus (Picture: SnapperSK)

Around 70 people who attended a barbecue at a West Midlands pub have been told to self-isolate due to a coronavirus outbreak.

The Soho Foundry Tavern, in Smethwick, made the decision to close on Thursday after three people, including staff, tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the barbecue on August 2.

Sandwell Council and Public Health England then told 70 people who attended the event to self-isolate until August 16.

Deputy council leader Maria Crompton said: ‘We urgently need to alert anyone who attended the event last weekend to self-isolate until Sunday 16th August. If they have any symptoms they should book a test.

**Moving image with relevant desk** Pic by Snappersk - (Pictured: The Soho Foundry Tavern on Foundry Lane in Smethwick, Birmingham. Two members of staff and one pub-goer have tested positive for coronavirus after a 70-strong barbecue on August 2nd. There is now a frantic search to trace the 0ther revellers who attended the event. Pic taken 09/08/2020) - A frantic search is underway to locate 70 people after they attended a barbecue on Sunday, 2nd of August at the Soho Foundry Tavern in Smethwick, Birmingham. Two members of the pubs staff and one visitor to the event have so far tested positive for coronavirus. Sandwell Council and Public Health England issued the urgent appeal for pub customers to self-isolate after the establishment reported cases of the virus. The pub, on Foundry Lane, closed voluntarily on Thursday, 6 August. On the previous Sunday, 2 August, around 70 people attended a barbecue at the pub. Now public health are advising those people who were at the BBQ that they may have been exposed to the virus. Anyone who was there should self-isolate until next Sunday, 16 August.??If they experience symptoms, such as a continuous cough, fever or change in taste or smell, they should book a test straight away.?? This can be done by calling 119 or by visiting the nhs website. Sandwell???s Deputy Council Leader Councillor Maria Crompton said: ???We urgently need to alert anyone who attended the event last weekend to self-isolate until Sunday 16th August.?? If they have any symptoms they should book a test.??? ???Everyone needs to stay incredibly vigilant - the virus is still out there and the situation remains extremely serious ??? as this potential outbreak shows.??? Councillor Crompton said employers needed to play their part and be responsible too. She said: ???I would like to ask employers to be supportive too ??? if someone needs to self-isolate for the required time to comply with the safety guidance, please do all you can to accommodate that.?????Governm

Public Health England have told 70 people to isolate (Picture: SnapperSK)

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‘Everyone needs to stay incredibly vigilant. The virus is still out there and the situation remains extremely serious, as this potential outbreak shows.’

The manager of the Soho Foundry Tavern has been praised for their response to the outbreak. Dr Lisa McNally, director of public health at the local authority, said they did ‘what we would want business owners to do in this situation’.

She continued: ‘They voluntarily took the decision to close and contacted us for advice. I would urge all businesses to do the same.

‘Pubs need to be very careful at this time to gather contact details of customers and ensure social distancing at all times.’

The Soho Foundry Tavern, in Smethwick

The pub closed on Thursday due to the outbreak (Picture: SnapperSK)

Sandwell was previously named as an area of high coronavirus risk due to the increasing infection rate. Last month, the borough had the seventh highest number of weekly infections in the UK, with 30.9 cases per 100,000 people.

The council has since changed its coronavirus advice after seeing a 30% fall in new cases over the last week. However, residents have still been asked not mix with other households inside their homes unless they are in their social bubble.

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