Sunderland residents warned of stiffer Covid-19 restrictions after rise

Residents and licensed premises in Sunderland are being urged to act responsibly to avoid further restrictions after a “significant rise” in Covid-19 cases linked with pubs and bars.

The number of coronavirus cases linked to pubs and bars is continuing to rise across the North East- with Sunderland Council calling on pub-goers not to go out if experiencing symptoms and venues to implement stricter measures.

It comes after a number of potential positive tests were linked to a charity football event on August 30 hosted at Burnside Working Men’s Club.

The club in Fencehouses has since announced on their social media pages on Friday (September 4), that they will be closed for at least the next 72 hours after “more positive Covid tests”.

Kath Bailey, Public Health Specialist at Sunderland City Council, said people experiencing symptoms or waiting for their coronavirus test results should stay at home.

She said: “We’re aware of a number of Covid-19 cases associated with bars and a sports venue in the city. The venue owners are co-operating with on-going public health investigations.

“We have seen a significant rise in the number of cases linked with pubs and bars across the North East so we would urge anyone thinking of going out to make sure they follow the guidance around social distancing and that they don’t under any circumstances leave their home if they have symptoms of Covid or are awaiting the results of a Covid test.

“We would also ask premises/business owners to act responsibly to help avoid the need for more stringent control measures.

“This includes making sure that they have appropriate social distancing, hand washing and cleaning regimes in place and that they are complying with test and trace requirements so that customers can be contacted if there is an outbreak. Staff working in these premises should stay at home if they feel unwell.

“It’s also really important that anyone who is contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Team works with them to identify those they have been in close contact with so that they can be contacted to help prevent ongoing spread of the virus to others.

“Anyone visiting a pub or a bar, needs to record their contact details with the premises so they can be contacted quickly by NHS Test and Trace.”

The public health specialist said that they are seeing an increase in the number of younger people testing positive for the virus, with more people in their late teens and early 20s.

She added: “Unfortunately we are seeing the numbers of people testing positive for Covid in Sunderland continuing to rise. We’re also seeing more younger people testing positive, with more people in their late teens and early 20s than before.

“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate immediately and get tested and continue to isolate whilst awaiting results of your test. If you have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, you will need to complete your 14-day isolation period even if you test negative. There is detailed guidance on the NHS website.

“We would also ask residents to continue to follow the public health advice on social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing face coverings in line with national guidance, to stop the spread of the virus.

“Symptoms of coronavirus include a high temperature, new continuous cough and a loss or change in your sense of taste and smell.

“If you develop symptoms your household contacts will also be required to self-isolate. More information on self-isolation is available on the NHS website.”

Chronicle Live – Sunderland