A POPULAR MUSIC venue has closed after staff were asked to self-isolate amid rising rates of Covid-19.
In a statement, the boss of The Brunswick in Holland Road, Hove, said the pub was “simply unable to open” after finding itself “at the mercy of having a small team of staff.”
Although the announcement did not confirm how many staff members had been contacted by track and trace, or had tested positive for the coronavirus, it did refer to the rate hike in the city and the spread of the variant. Delta first observed in India.
Writing on Facebook, Managing Director Andy Hillion said: “As our loyal customers and subscribers know, we in Brunswick have followed the rules and guidelines of Covid, despite the pandemic having pushed back several times.
“The safety of our staff and customers has been our first step in anything we have done over the past 15 months, and we have developed a reputation for being a safe place in these difficult times.
“It is therefore with a heavy heart that we have to close our doors again for a few days.
“Due to the fact that the Delta variant has crossed the 20+ age group in the past two weeks, we find ourselves at the mercy of a small team of staff.
“As we are sticking to the self-isolation guidelines, we just cannot open our doors for the next few days. ”
He apologized to the artists who were to perform there and to anyone who had hoped to watch the euros at the pub.
It is hoped that the place will reopen on Wednesday July 7.
The statement also said the site will experience a “fully Covid-secure fogging” before it reopens and that staff will be asked to perform daily lateral flow tests before starting work.
Earlier this week, the Rockwater on Hove waterfront was forced to close after large numbers of staff tested positive for the coronavirus or were asked to self-isolate.
Owner Luke Davies said around ten workers in the past week have tested positive and around 40 have been contacted through tracking and traceability.
While the popular Ye Olde King and Queen football pub in Marlborugh Place, Brighton also remains closed after staff members tested positive for Covid-19.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-30 10:20:21