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Crawley Council confirms 16 cases of COVID-19 with a link to Southgate pub

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Crawley Council has now confirmed that an outbreak of Covid-19 at The Downsman pub in Crawley earlier this week is now being handled by Public Health England who have been organising contact tracing of staff and customers.

They confirm there are now 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus with a link to the pub and say that while this is a relatively small number and may not be the definite source of infection for all these cases, they are asking people to take action to ensure the virus does not spread further.

But some confusion still remains over why a single day, where one person who visited the Downsman and who has subsequently contracted Coronavirus, is exempt from people having to self-isolate. Crawley Council said they were looking into more detail over why this advice had been given to them.


A spokesperson for Crawley Borough Council said:

“If you were in The Downsman pub between 9 and 18 July (excluding the 16July) please self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your last visit.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate and get tested. Symptoms 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.

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.

In order to arrange a free test, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

A testing site is based in Crawley until 28 July; there is also a testing centre at Gatwick Airport. For more information about testing then please visit the government website.

West Sussex County Council Public Health and Public Health England confirmed they are continuing to monitor the situation and will organise contact tracing for any further identified cases who may have visited the pub.

For more information and advice visit crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus, westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus and let’s Keep Crawley Safe.

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Wear a mask from tomorrow or face a fine of £100 Crawley shoppers warned

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As the new rules come into force tomorrow, residents are being reminded of the need to wear a mask or face the possibility of a fine when they go out and visit shops.

From tomorrow a face mask must be worn in enclosed public spaces which include shopping malls, supermarkets and banks.

Residents are also reminded of the need to wear a mask when entering a takeaway where someone is entering to eat the food within the premises such as a restaurant the mask may be removed.

Anyone found breaking the rules and not wearing a mask where they should be could face a fine of £100.

In a response to whether Sussex Police would attend incidents where someone was reported not to be wearing a mask they said:

“Sussex Police will continue its approach of engaging, encouraging and explaining the current regulations that are in place and how they can comply with them.

Our priorities lie with public safety and ensuring the force can operate effectively to those who need us. People need to take personal responsibility for their actions, in particular during this heath emergency, and this includes adhering to the latest government guidance.

Local policing teams across the force will increase patrols in town centre areas to offer reassurance to retailers and members of the public, however we expect retailers to manage their stores as they have been doing for a number of weeks now.

Where there is anti-social behaviour and disorder, police will assess and attend if required as part of our usual policing response.

All officers and staff will be adhering to national guidance from the NPCC to determine when PPE or face coverings are required to be worn. “

In addition there are also exemptions that apply to children under 11 or those with disabilities or particular health conditions with Public Health also issuing a warning to parents not to cover babies or young childrens faces due to the risk of choking and suffocation.

Shops are not being forced to ensure their customers wear a face mask, placing the responsibility on the individual.

But there are some indoor venues where masks are not compulsory due to additional safety measures already in place. These include hairdressers, gyms and cinemas.

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