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Local outbreaks

The Downsman pub

Last week we were notified of an outbreak of COVID-19 at The Downsman pub in Crawley and since then Public Health England has been organising contact-tracing of staff and customers.

if you, or someone you know, has recently visited the pub, please read through the questions and answers below:

Why are you asking people to self-isolate now?

The number of confirmed cases is relatively low, but it is essential to contain the virus and prevent ongoing spread to others. Residents are asked to follow the public health advice on social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing face coverings as per national guidance, in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Public Health England is continuing to monitor the situation and will undertake contact tracing for any further identified cases who visited the pub, alongside the NHS Test and Trace service. We are asking anyone else who may have been in the pub between the given dates to self-isolate for 14 days after the date of their last visit. Testing is only advised if you develop symptoms. 

Why is 16 July not included when there was a diner who has since tested positive in the pub that day?

Contact tracing has revealed that nobody who was infectious with Covid-19 was in the pub on 16 July and we don’t want to advise self-isolation unless it is necessary. National guidance states that you only need to self-isolate if you are a ‘close contact’ of a case.

Examples of close contact include:

  • Close face-to-face contact (under one metre) for any length of time – including talking to them or coughing on them
  • Being within 1 to 2 metres of each other for more than 15 minutes – including travelling in a small vehicle.

For more information, visit the NHS website.

How many positive tests have there been related to the pub?

From 1 July there have been 35 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Crawley, 16 of whom have a link to the pub in some capacity. However, it is not possible to know whether all of these were infected because of the link to the pub. While the numbers of cases in Crawley remain fairly low, we are asking people to take action to ensure the virus does not spread further.

Is this the beginning of local lockdown?

No, but we must be vigilant. Small outbreaks like these can grow quickly so if you've been to The Downsman pub in Southgate, Crawley between 9 and 18 July (excluding 16 July) please self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your last visit. Coronavirus is still with us and as restrictions are eased it is very important to continue to take action by hand washing with soap and water regularly, keeping a good social distance from people not in your household, wearing a face covering in shops or when keeping a safe social distance is not possible.

Residents are asked to do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus.

If you do visit a pub or restaurant, please record your contact details with the premises.

Is it safe to go to a pub?

Yes, but please observe the measures put in place including social distancing rules, washing hands frequently and using hand sanitiser and following the national recommended guidance. Do not go to the pub or anywhere else if you have symptoms or feel unwell. If you visit a pub that is not asking for customer’s contact details, please let us know by email 

I have symptoms. How do I get a test? 

Visit the NHS website to book a test. A mobile unit is in Crawley until Tuesday 28 July and a drive-thru testing station is based at Gatwick Airport.

Do you have to pay for a test?

No. Tests are free.

I was in the pub on the days specified but have not been contacted by the test and trace team. Why not?

We’re asking all those who visited the pub during that time to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your last visit, as this is the best way to contain the spread of the virus. All those people whose numbers we received were contacted by the test and trace team. Text messages were sent to mobile phone users and those with landlines were called. These people were also asked to pass the information to self-isolate on to those people they were with. In a small number of cases, the numbers provided were invalid and people were not contacted.

What about people who ordered a takeaway from the pub, do they need to self-isolate?

If you had close face-to-face contact with members of staff then we would ask you to self-isolate. For more information visit the NHS website.