A popular football pub in Bristol has been forced to scrap its plans for the Euro 2020 final after four members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.
The Wackum Inn closed on Wednesday (July 7) after the employees returned positive tests, which meant it also missed out on screening England’s tense semi final win over Denmark.
Managers Damion and Laura Pike said they were ‘devastated’ as they took the decision to close temporarily, resulting in their Whitehall Road pub being shut when many others will be packed with punters.
“We are very very sad to inform you all that we have had to take the decision to temporarily close the pub for a few days,” reads their social media statement.
“This will also include Sunday’s final. Unfortunately four of our team have received positive test results with other team members having to self isolate.
“Like we have done throughout the pandemic we will always put people’s safety first.
“We are absolutely devastated and are liaising regularly with health authorities.
“We will confirm reopening dates soon but in the meantime we say come on England and roll on the World Cup.”
The exterior of the Wackum Inn was adorned with St George’s flags to celebrate Euro 2020 and had shown every game of the tournament on screens both inside and outside.
Ashton Gate Stadium has also announced it will not be hosting its fan zone for the final on Sunday evening.
The venue’s bosses said the logistics of running such an event for the final, with the risk that thousands will turn up to watch, are too great.
The Big Screen in Millennium Square will not be showing the game either due to concerns over rising coronavirus cases.
There are however plenty of pubs across the city that will be showing it, including boozers that are only accepting walk-ups on the day with no reservation.
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