Macies Bar in Ramsgate appeals to customers over suspected coronavirus case

Macies Bar

Macies Bar in Ramsgate has issued an urgent appeal to customers to seek advice after being informed that a customer has suspected coronavirus.

Sabrina Gray, who runs the family pub, says she wants to make sure all her customers take the necessary health precautions.

The High Street pub closed Friday, as advised by the government, and the doors remain shut until further notice.

The male customer had been in the bar before the pub closures were ordered.

Sabrina said: “Following our closure one of our customers who was drinking in Macies on Friday teatime has just been diagnosed with the virus. Obviously this was before the government asked all pubs to close and we of course did as asked and remain closed until further notice.

“I feel it is my duty to my customers to share this information. I would now urge all of my customers to please take care and if you get any symptoms please don’t ignore it. Seek help, be safe not sorry.

The mum added: “I just am trying to keep my family and friends safe and I’m just trying to do the right thing.

“This gentleman was in before we were asked to close and all pubs were still open.”

Yesterday (March 23) PM Boris Johnson announced tight restrictions on the public in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.


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  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
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As of 9am on 24 March, a total of 90,436 people have been tested, of which 82,359 were confirmed negative and 8,077 were confirmed positive. 422 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.

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