Restaurant closes doors for ten days following Covid-19 ‘close contact’ alert

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Harvester restaurant at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke.

A Bradley Stoke restaurant has announced a ten-day temporary closure due to staff shortages resulting from a Covid-19 ‘close contact’ notification.

The closure of the Harvester restaurant at the town’s Willow Brook shopping centre was announced last Wednesday (18th August 2021) and it is currently foreseen that the venue will reopen on Saturday 28th August.

A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page stated:

“Due to a team shortage we have taken the unfortunate decision to close the business for ten days.”

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we will now be contacting all our guests who have booked a table.”

“We hope you will all return when we reopen.”

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A spokesperson for the Willow Brook Harvester told the Journal:

“It has been great to be serving guests again, and since reopening we have been following the stringent Covid-secure protocols we successfully introduced at the [restaurant] last year.”

“We believe some of our team may have come into close contact with a positive [Covid-19] result and so, as a precaution, we have decided to temporarily close.”

“The safety of our guests and our team, who are taking part in the twice-weekly Covid-19 lateral flow testing programme, remains our highest priority and we are working closely with our safety experts to ensure this.”

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‘Closed’ notice on the door of the restaurant.

The spokesperson added:

“We are notifying all guests who booked with us we are closed and will notify guests of further updates going forward.”

“We’re sorry for any disappointment this may cause, but we’d like to thank our guests and our team for their support shown and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.”

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New self-isolation rules

The law on Covid-19 ‘close contact’ self-isolation changed on 16th August 2021.

Close contacts of a positive Covid-19 case no longer need to self-isolate if they are:

  • Double-jabbed
  • Under 18 years old

If you are a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case, you should:

  • Take a PCR test

You must still self-isolate if you are:

  • Over 18 and not yet double-jabbed
  • Test positive with a PCR test

If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate and take a PCR test.

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