Covid-19 outbreak at Tynemouth bar
Customers who visited a Tynemouth bar are being encouraged to take a Covid-19 test.
A recent outbreak at Allard’s Lounge has resulted in North Tyneside Council and Public Health England asking anyone who visited the Front Street bar between April 23 and May 3 to book a PCR test.
One of the cases in an outbreak linked to the premises has been identified as having the Indian variant.
North Tyneside Director of Public Health, Wendy Burke said: “Coronavirus levels in the borough and the wider region are the lowest they’ve been since September and we have one of the lowest rates in the country.
“We want to ensure we keep it that way and especially as we move to the next stage of the roadmap, with restrictions set to ease again on May 17 and allow for indoor mixing.
“This additional testing is really important to help to control the virus, reduce transmission and help North Tyneside return to normal.
“We continue to work very with Public Health England to monitor outbreaks, especially as variant cases begin to circulate across the country.
“I would really encourage anyone who visited the bar between April 23 and May 3 to please book a test immediately.
“As with any variant of the virus, it’s important to follow the basic measures of Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air – wash our hands frequently, wear a face covering, keep our distance from others and get fresh air into enclosed spaces.”
The council has also been working closely with the management of Allard’s Lounge who are ensuring that the bar is Covid-secure and are looking forward to reopening fully.
PCR tests are taken at a test site or at home, with results processed by a lab. There are two local test sites in North Tyneside – at The Parks Sports Centre, North Shields, and Coronation Street car park, Wallsend.
Appointments can be booked online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
If someone does test positive, support is available for those who need to self-isolate – information can be found at www.northtyneside.gov.uk.
The general public is encouraged to continue to follow the government guidance already in place, including limiting the number of people they meet, regularly wash their hands, keeping their distance and wearing face coverings, where appropriate.