Popular pub forced to shut after coronavirus cases confirmed

A popular pub has been forced to close this week after a number of coronavirus cases were reported among staff at the venue.

The Dog and Duck in Walkington near Beverley has closed its doors until at at least Friday while the management undertake a deep clean and asses the situation.

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It has been an extremely difficult year for all in the hospitality industry and many will be worried to see sites once again having to close their doors due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

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Dog & Duck Inn, Walkington
Dog & Duck Inn, Walkington

The Dog and Duck have confirmed that multiple staff members have tested positive for coronavirus leaving management little choice but to close up, deep clean and take stock.

The venue has said it will be testing staff regularly throughout the week and asked for patience from customers as they look to recover from this latest blow.

This closure comes after a tough few months for most hospitality businesses during which they have negotiated difficult times under continued restrictions.

The initial outside-only seating was only partially helpful and the Dog and Duck was one of many pubs that suffered during the rainy weekends of May that drove away punters unable to find shelter.

The management at the Dog and Duck posted on their Facebook page today: “CUSTOMERS OF THE DOG AND DUCK.

“Due to a few of our staff members testing positive for coronavirus, we have made the unfortunate decision to close the pub at least until Friday.

“The pub will be thoroughly deep cleaned and then our situation will be assessed on Thursday in regards to reopening.

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“In the mean time all our staff members will be tested on a regular basis.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused but these times have been hard for everyone, especially those in the hospitality sector.

“So if you could just bare with us we will hopefully be back with you all soon.”

The news of more businesses feeling the impact of the pandemic will come of little surprise to those who have experienced the bursting of school bubbles in the last month.

At the start of this month there were more than 4,000 children isolating after a spike in cases in schools.

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The latest government held data confirms there have been 630 cases of Covid-19 during the last seven day period recorded to give the region a rolling case rate of 242.5 cases per 100,000 people.