Coronavirus: 13 Edinburgh Wetherspoon staff self-isolating as pub manager who 'returned from Italy' tested for COVID-19

Three staff members have flu-like symptoms and are self-isolating.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 9:52 am
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 1:16 pm

Staff at Wetherspoon pubs in Edinburgh are self-isolating while a pub manager at The Playfair within the OMNi centre undergoes testing for coronavirus.

The manager recently returned from Italy and was being tested for COVID-19, and all tests have come back negative.

A further six pub managers who were on a training course with the high risk manager are self-isolating for 48 hours until the test results are known.

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The Playfair in the OMNi Centre

Three staff members have flu-like symptoms and are self-isolating based on advice from NHS 24, while two other employees are self-isolating by choice due to having underlying health conditions.

In total, 13 staff are self-isolating due to concerns about the virus.

The move follows the revelation that a staff member at Lloyds Bank’s Citymark office in Fountainbridge tested positive for the virus, causing the closure of the office.

Wetherspoon said all staff who choose or are advised to self isolate will receive sick pay.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “ We can confirm that 13 members of staff across our pubs in Edinburgh are currently self isolating.

“One pub manager has been tested for coronavirus after returning from Italy and results are due back today. A further six pub managers who were on a training course with the manager are staying off work for 48 hours until the test results are known.

“Two other staff members have underlying health conditions and have chosen to self isolate and three others have flu-like symptoms and have been advised to self isolate by NHS 24.

“All staff who choose to self isolate or advised to do so will receive sick pay.”

There are 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Lothians, with 60 cases across Scotland, with another update due at 2pm.