Chorley village bar shuts after manager tests positive for COVID-19

A manager of a bar in Eccleston has revealed that he has coronavirus, just 24 hours after he was forced to shut the pub due to customers flouting safety measures.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 11:38 am
Updated Monday, 28th September 2020, 11:48 am

Ryan Moss, who runs The GreenHaus in Eccleston, near Chorley, said he has tested positive for COVID-19 after he received his results back this morning (Monday, September 28).

It comes just 24 hours after The Greenhaus landlord took to social media on Sunday to speak out against those flouting coronavirus rules in the pub.

He said: "More bad news. I’ve just discovered I have Covid-19.

Ryan Moss, who runs The GreenHaus in Eccleston, near Chorley, said he has tested positive for COVID-19 this morning (Monday, September 28)
Ryan Moss, who runs The GreenHaus in Eccleston, near Chorley, said he has tested positive for COVID-19 this morning (Monday, September 28)

"The bar will be shut for 7 days now but if anything changes I'll be sure to let you know.

"This just goes to show that we need to start thinking a bit more. Think of others. See you soon."

Just yesterday (Sunday, September 27), Mr Moss said he had been forced to close GreenHaus due to non-compliant customers who had been putting his staff and others at risk.

The bar remained shut on Sunday and will now remain shut for the next seven days whilst staff undergo testing and the venue is deep cleaned.

Mr Moss said he first began showing symptoms on Wednesday, September 23, but had not worked since then and had self-isolated at home whilst awaiting a test.

On Sunday, a frustrated Mr Moss posted on Eccleston Village Today Facebook group, reminding those customers who flout the rules about the danger they pose to others.

He said: "Right here we go. If you lot want The Greenhaus to survive you need to start abiding by the rules.

"When you walk in the bar you wear a mask. You sit down, take the mask off, order a drink. If you need to go to the toilet or outside for a smoke, you put your mask on. It’s not hard.

"If there is no room in the bar you will be asked to either wait outside or come back later. Sorry about this but you lot aren’t going to pay my fine if I get one.

"No drinks on Tick anymore either.

"I’m being abrupt and straight to the point because I feel a lot of you think this is some sort of joke.

"I feel a few of you are thinking “ah Ryan will let us in no problem.” No I won’t guys.

"This is serious and you need to start realising it.

"The bar will not be open today because of this issue.

"Enjoy your Sunday."

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What are the current rules on visiting pubs and bars in Lancashire?

- Venues licensed to serve alcohol must use table service only, except for takeaways.

- Table bookings of more than six are not allowed and groups can't mingle.

- Businesses are required to take customers' contact details.

- They can be fined up to £10,000 if they do not do this or if they take reservations of more than six, or do not enforce social distancing.

- All staff must now wear masks.

- Customers when not seated at their table to eat or drink must also wear masks.

- The penalty for not wearing one, or for breaking the ''rule of six'', has doubled to £200 for a first offence.