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Barrow businesses forced to close doors after positive Covid-19 case

TWO Barrow businesses were forced to close their doors after a positive case Covid-19.

The Townhouse and Ironwerx Gym in Barrow both temporarily closed following a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Both businesses have since been professionally deep cleaned by Mitieclean to help protect staff and customers.

A spokesman for The Townhouse said: “Due to a positive case of Covid-19,Townhouse.211 will now unfortunately be closed till Friday October 16. This adheres to Government guidelines and allows time for the premises to be professionally deep cleaned.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have a reservation with us before Friday this will now be cancelled.”

Ironwerx Gym was also forced to close its premises this week after owner, Keith Devlin, revealed he tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning.

Mr Devlin said: “As many of you know I’ve not been well over the last few days so l have been self isolating.

“Yesterday I went for a Covid test and l just got the results back now saying I’ve tested positive for Covid. I’m going to have to close the gym with immediate effect.

“I’ve been in contact with a company that do deep cleaning and as soon as that can be organised we will reopen. For my part l have to self isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms which was Saturday night. Stay safe everybody.”

After undergoing a deep clean, the gym was able to reopen its doors to the public yesterday.

Mr Devlin said: “As you know the gym has been deep cleaned by Mitieclean using the thermal fogging process, which keeps the gym bug free for approximately two weeks.

“So to protect everyone in the Ironwerx family as best as l possibly can, I have booked Mitieclean to come in once a fortnight, starting on Sunday October 25 at 3pm when we close.

“This means that from 3pm on the Sundays when the process is being applied, the gym will not be usable to keyholders for approximately two to three hours from 3.30 pm. I’m sure everybody will agree this a small price to pay for peace of mind, to be able to train in a bug free environment.

“The Ironwerx families health, and their families health too, is and will remain my top priority.”

The announcements come as case numbers in Barrow continue to cause concern.

According to Public Health England, there was 197 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Barrow within the past week (October 5 to October 13). In the same period, there has been seven Covid-19 related deaths at the University Hospital of Morecambe Bay Trust.

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