Covid: Docksiders closes after positive test; Auditor-General office also closes
A Front Street bar closed yesterday after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Docksider Pub and Restaurant will undergo a deep clean today and ten other staff members were expected to be swabbed for the virus this afternoon.
Reed Young, the owner, said: “We had an employee test positive and he was an employee that was working a lot.
“I think it’s prudent that we close for a couple of days to get everybody tested.”
He added: “We’re not the first and I don’t think we’re going to be the last.
“I’m just trying to do what’s right. We are policing ourselves.”
Mr Young said that he hoped the bar could open by this weekend if other workers received negative results.
But he questioned how many people would be socialising in public as the island battles its fourth wave of the virus.
Mr Young highlighted that the latest outbreak meant there were residents in quarantine and others chose not to go out.
He said: “I don’t think that the business is there anyway.
“I really don’t think it’s going to be that busy because people are staying home and being careful.”
Mr Young added: “We’re going to have to learn how to live with it.
“This virus is not going anywhere.
“We can’t keep closing down, opening up, closing down, opening up – it’s not conducive to our society.
“We have to figure out a way to live with it without going on this roller coaster ride.”
Meanwhile, the Office of the Auditor-General closed its Reid Street unit until further notice after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.
Most staff at the Government spending watchdog work remotely after a “hybrid” environment was adopted.
Heather Thomas, the Auditor-General, thanked her team for “their commitment and resilience”.
A spokeswoman added: “The office is working closely with the Department of Health on this and following all the required protocols.”