Clonakilty bar reopens its doors after staff member's Covid-19 test confirmed negative

Clonakilty bar reopens its doors after staff member's Covid-19 test confirmed negative
Scannells Bar in Clonakilty have made the decision not to reopen on day it was due to do so. Photo credit: Scannells Bar/Facebook.

A Clonakilty pub has reopened its doors after a staff member’s test for Covid-19 returned negative on Saturday morning.

Scannells Bar on Connolly Street was praised by locals on the decision not to reopen until the staff member’s Covid-19 test was confirmed negative.

Co-owner Shane Lowney opened the doors after lunch on Saturday and said that the bar has been very busy since reopening and is currently operating a three-day week until the recruitment of more kitchen staff.

The bar was set to reopen on Thursday last but the decision was made to remain closed after a staff member conscientiously informed his employers that he had contact with two people who had attended a house party where a person had subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

The staff member did not attend the house party and had secondary contact with two people who were in attendance.

The HSE was “immediately contacted” and it was deemed safe for the bar to reopen but owners made the decision to remain closed until the staff member’s test results were confirmed to be negative.

A post on Scannells Bar Facebook page read: “After remaining closed for so long already to help curb the spread of the disease we felt the responsible thing to do was to get our staff member tested and reopen when the results are confirmed to be negative which we expect to happen in the next few hours.” 

Locals took to social media to welcome the “difficult but very responsible decision” and wished staff the best on their safe reopening.

The bar which had been closed since March 15 reopened on Saturday afternoon after the staff member’s Covid-19 test results came back as negative on Saturday morning.

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