The Health Secretary has praised the managers of three pubs – including one in Burnham-On-Sea – for closing after cases of Coronavirus were identified among their customers.

Matt Hancock told MPs in the Commons that The Lighthouse in Burnham-On-Sea, the Fox and Hounds in Batley, West Yorkshire, and The Village Home in Gosport are “doing the right thing by their customers and by their communities.”

He added: “This is NHS Test and Trace working precisely as intended. Three pubs shut so that others can be open.”

Burnham-On-Sea’s Lighthouse pub – which has temporarily closed after a customer tested positive for Coronavirus on Sunday – has today (Tuesday) said that all of its staff have tested negative for the virus.

Burnham-On-Sea Lighthouse Pub

However, manager Jess Green has taken the decision to say closed to protect staff and customers.

Talking to today, Jess said: “We have received the great news that all our staff have tested negative for Covid-19.”

“We’d said the pub would not re-open until our seven staff have tested negative, but we will continue to stay closed for a short time further to keep everyone safe.”

The Saagar Indian takeaway has also closed due to concerns that their delivery driver may have come into contact with the person – and Vape Escape also temporarily closed and performed a deep clean due to the person visiting them in Burnham’s Chapel Street.

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