Business as usual at Houghton club after customer tests positive for coronavirus

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A Wearside social club is open as usual after a customer tested positive for coronavirus.

Burnwide WMC in Houghton was contacted today, Thursday, September 3, and told a man who had visited over the weekend had been confirmed to have Covid-19.

But secretary Mark Sandow said management had been reassured by health experts that enough time had passed that there was no longer any risk of infection.

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A man who had been in the bar on Sunday had tested positive: “We only found out this morning,” he said.

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Burnside WMC. Picture: Google Images

"We have spoken to Public Health England and what we have been told is that because he has not been in the club for more than 72 hours, we do not need to close.”

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Staff have carried out a thorough clean of the bar, anyway, to be on the safe side.

"We have been round and sanitised all the surfaces as a precaution,” said Mr Sandow.

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The news comes after three Sunderland venues announced temporary closures after staff or customers tested positive for the virus.

The Peacock in Keel Square put out a statement today to say one member of staff has tested positive for the virus.

Ashbrooke Sports Club has also said one of its bar staff had tested positive and The Terrace in Green Terrace announced on Wednesday night it would be closing for a deep clean after a customer was confirmed to have the virus.

The sports club was due to reopen this evening, The Terrace tomorrow and The Peacock at the weekend.

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