AN EVESHAM pub has closed for two weeks after two staff members tested positive for coronavirus.

Leslie Collins, known as Sid, who runs the Trumpet Inn said the two staff members are "absolutely fine."

In the last week the two staff have come down with a runny nose and decided to get tested.

Mr Collins said: "We should be open on Wednesday October 7, we are definitely opening."

Public Health England has advised them to close as the two staff members along with Mr Collins and his partner Lisa Hancock, who have been in close contact with them self isolate.

Mr Collins said they have been prepared for this situation. "There has always been a risk that this could happen to any business in town. Anybody can catch covid 19."

"As a business we have done absolutely everything possible to make staff and customers safe, some have said pubs are in the whole country probably one of the safest environments to come into."

Mr Collins said the pub has followed all the rules and regulations strictly.

He added: "We feel really let down by the government especially with the new curfew, it's going to make the industry extremely vulnerable and lots of pubs are going to close."

In a Facebook Live video the landlord thanked customers for their "absolutely amazing support."

But he pleaded with the public that: "this is a serious situation and you must follow the guidance. You must listen to what's happening. I'm not scaremongering, this is as it is, and it's hit home."