A popular Bristol restaurant has been forced to close because of coronavirus for the second time in the space of a year.
Seven Lucky Gods shut for 10 days in July last year after a member of staff tested positive for the virus, and is now having to go through the ‘painful’ process again almost exactly one year on.
A chef at the Wapping Wharf bar developed symptoms over the weekend and returned a positive lateral flow test on Sunday. He is now awaiting the results of a more thorough PCR test.
As two further members of kitchen staff now need to isolate having been identified as a close contact of the chef, the Japanese-themed venue does not have enough staff to continue trading.
Nathan Hyde, co-founder of the Hyde & Co hospitality group, which owns Seven Lucky Gods, said it’s ‘demoralising’ having to close because of a positive case among staff again.
“It’s painful having to go through this again, especially as we’ll have to close over the weekend,” he said.
“It’s not the end of the world but it’s frustrating and demoralising for both us and our customers. It’s a real stop-start situation at the moment and really difficult to gain any momentum.
“We will deal with it as best we can and bounce back though, as we do with every bump in the road we’ve encountered over the past year and a half.”
Nathan added ‘all of our team are safe and well as it stands’ and he is now awaiting the result of the employee’s PCR test, which takes longer to be revealed than a lateral flow test.
He said the current Test and Trace rules are ‘making it impossible to do business’ as staff having to isolate is further reducing teams that are already depleted due to the hospitality staffing crisis.
It is hoped the restaurant will be able to reopen on Monday (July 12).
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