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The Creamery closes after staff member tests positive for virus

THE Creamery Bar and Restaurant has closed temporarily after a person working there was diagnosed with Covid-19.

Last Thursday afternoon it posted a message on Facebook saying “The Creamery is presently closed as a precaution due to one member of staff testing positive for Covid-19.

“As we are a small team many of our staff have been in contact with that one staff member and now are on restricted movements for 14 days. We don’t have a back up staff to man The Creamery so we will voluntarily be closed for that period of time.

“We are working with the HSE and a contact trace log has been prepared and all close contacts will be identified and contacted by the HSE with the appropriate information going forward.”

“Under the current government guidelines you should monitor for any Covid-19 symptoms and should they develop then you should follow those guidelines, self isolate and contact your doctor.”

The statement also thanked all those who had offered help and support.

Some people who replied to the message on social media said that they had been to the premises prior to its closured but they had not been asked for their details for contact tracing.

Attempts to contact the Creamery on Monday proved unsuccessful.

South Clare has seen a significant amount of cases recently, with a number of people in Cratloe and Sixmilebridge being diagnosed.

Cratloe based county councillor Pat O’Gorman said that people who have been diagnosed with the disease have done everything possible to restrict it from spreading further. “Anyone that has had it has restricted their movements, they have been locked down, while their families have been tested.”

He said that around 80 people in Cratloe were tested in the days following the outbreak there. “There is a lot of credit due to the young fellas that came forward, that they didn’t hide it. They came forward straight away and raised the alarm.”

Cratloe GAA club was due to reopen on Wednesday and Pat said that the club had been very proactive on the issue of Covid-19. “It was associated with the GAA because the game was called off, but it had nothing to do with the GAA. I’m up and down there and the sanitisation units are there, Covid officers are in place and everything was done to the HSE guidelines.”

Owen Ryan

About Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.