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28 August 2020

Cockermouth pub goers advised to get COVID-19 test

People who visited a pub in Cockermouth last weekend are being advised to get tested for COVID-19, as they may have come into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive.

As a precaution anyone attending The Huntsman pub on Friday 21 August from 10pm onwards is now being advised to get tested for COVID-19.

People can find more information about testing locations in the county and how to book here: https://northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk/covidtesting

Local testing is available over the Bank Holiday weekend at:

Egremont (RUFC), 29 August

Bleach Green, Egremont, CA22 2NL

Lillyhall, 30 and 31 August

County Council Highways Depot Parking Services, 1 Joseph Noble Rd, Workington, CA14 4JX

Any NHS staff affected are reminded to seek testing via their employer.

Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said:

“In a situation like this it is really important that people take action, it only needs a few people to spread infection to many more. Getting tested is quick and easy and will help us ensure we keep things under control.

“I’d remind anyone heading out over the weekend that the current Government guidance is that people should not be socialising in groups of more than two households, and that people should not interact with other groups, including in pubs. It’s also important to give accurate contact details when you visit pubs and restaurants and continue to follow the simple advice of making space and washing hands regularly.”

“And if you are contacted for Track and Trace purposes, it is really important that you provide accurate details of your contacts and any premises you may have visited to help prevent the spread of the virus.”

The key public health messages remain:

  • Wash or sanitise hands regularly
  • Observe social distancing rules
  • Wear face masks or coverings in enclosed public space, including taxis
  • If you have symptoms, self-isolate and get tested
  • Follow advice to self-isolate if asked

People are also reminded that current Government guidance states that people should not:

  • socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • socialise outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is exclusively from two households or support bubbles
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction - even if they are organised by businesses and venues that are taking steps to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)

  Full details at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

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People who visited a pub in Cockermouth last weekend are being advised to get tested for COVID-19, as they may have come into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive.