A Covid-19 outbreak has been detected in two Falkirk bars.
NHS Forth Valley chiefs have confirmed that a number of people who have visited the New Starr Inn and The Auld Vic have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Both are on Grahams Road downtown.
September 26 and 27, as well as October 1 and 2, are the dates on which date health chiefs believe the fatal mistake has spread among gamblers.
Auld Vic’s staff claims to know three people who have tested positive for the virus.
One representative posted on their official Facebook page: “Hey folks, you might have seen the NHS statement.
“We have just received an official word.
At first, there wasn’t much anxiety about The Vic.
“ However, with people coming from elsewhere, and people drinking in a few bars checked positive, the virus has now spread to The Vic.
“Nobody is to blame, this is the nature of the epidemic.
“At the moment, there were three people we knew were infected.
“ The dates that we are concerned about are September 27th and October 1st.
“Both of those dates were when football was on.
“The positive side of this is that we are shutting down on Friday so hopefully it stops the spread.
“ Ideas go to everyone at this very difficult time.
“As usual, keep your safety and preserve your faith.”
The New Starr Inn has confirmed that a member of the staff is among those who have contracted the coronavirus.
All of their workers were sent home to self-isolate.
A statement has also been released on their Facebook page.
It read: “We had two different groups of regular members who tested positive.
“On Saturday, every member of our eight crew member was tested.
“One of them came back positive, and the others were negative.
“Our employees will be isolated until we obtain more information and guidance from tracking and tracing.
“So we will not open our doors until after everything is clear to us
“We have made the decision ourselves to shut down to protect and stop the spread.
“We will do everything we can to ensure the safety of the star and to make sure we open up again, with a clean health bill.”
The Test and Protect team of NHS Forth Valley is in contact with anyone who might have been in contact with the virus on the above dates.
A spokesperson said: “The NHS Forth Valley testing and protection team is tracking Covid-19 contacts after a number of people who visited the bars, both on Grahams Road, tested positive for the coronavirus.
If you have been identified by their testing and protection team as a close contact for a positive case, the instructions that were provided to you still stand.
“You must be isolated until the date you were granted. The following information applies to anyone you have not contacted Test and Protect.
You might want to take the Covid test if you’re at the New Star Inn, on September 26th or 27th or October 1st or 2nd.
“ The date applied to The Auld Vic is Sunday 27th September.
“If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate and book a Covid test, and stay in isolation until you prove you negative.
“If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t have to self-isolate, but as a precaution, you may want to arrange a test through the reservation system.
“ Symptoms of Covid-19 are any of the following; a high temperature or fever, a new and continuing cough, a loss or change in the sense of smell or taste.
“If you have any of these symptoms please follow the directions on the NHS Inform website.
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