Updates on coronavirus cases in Sunderland as businesses and schools close

Some businesses closing as precaution

Some of the businesses announcing closures have done so after a customer or staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

But others have decided to close as a precaution after becoming aware of suspected cases.

On Facebook Reds Hair Salon wrote: “We have been made aware today that a staff member has tested positive for Covid. Despite our rigorous deep cleaning practices and control measures in place, client and staff safety remains our top priority.

“As such, we have made the decision to close our business with immediate effect.

“We have contacted NHS accordingly and we have been advised business as usual, due to PPE worn by both clients and staff, however we feel closing to deep clean and further staff testing is the responsible thing to do. This is a precautionary measure and we will reopen on Tuesday.

“Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused. Just to confirm we are doing this over and above what has been advised from NHS the risk is extremely low.”

A coronavirus testing swab : Victoria Jones/PA Wire

And the Salt House Kitchen posted: “It has come to our attention that one of our customers has suspected Covid 19. As a precaution we will be voluntarily closing the restaurant tomorrow [Monday] for a full deep clean in which a anti viral fogging machine will be used throughout the restaurant.

“Our customer and staff safety remain our sole priority and we feel this is the best course of action to take. We will be back open Tuesday as normal.”

Chronicle Live – Sunderland