A LYMINGTON pub has been forced to temporarily shut its doors after receiving a call from the NHS coronavirus track-and-trace system.
The Mayflower, based on Kings Salterns Road, said it decided over the weekend to take the “precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our team and guests”.
Pub goers must give their contact details to venues upon visiting a watering hole so they can be traced in the event of a positive Covid-19 test.
The venue, which had signed up to the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, added: “We are sanitising the pub and getting our team tested. We will be reopening very shortly and look forward to seeing you all.
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On Facebook the announcement was hailed by several people, including New Forest Accessible Accommodation, a holiday home rental outfit.
“Thank you for considering your customers and the local community. I can imagine this could cost you in potential food waste, in staff costs and other running costs – but it shows that your customers matter, you care and that you are taking this virus seriously,” it said.
“I hope your staff are all okay – have managed social distancing and that you can open again soon!”
The A&T has approached the Mayflower and Hampshire County Council for a comment.