A popular pub in Rhondda Cynon Taf has had to shut its doors temporarily after a customer tested positive for coronavirus.

The Pipeworks Bar, based just off Cowbridge Road, Pontyclun, posted on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon that a Covid-positive customer had visited the premises.

A spokesman said a deep clean of the pub will now take place on Tuesday night, with staff working at the time told to isolate for 14 days.

The Pipeworks Bar in Pontyclun

"We have been notified by a customer, who recently visited the Pipeworks, that they have tested positive for Covid-19," a spokesman said.

"If any other of our customers is considered to have had close contact, as defined by the Track and Trace process, they will be contacted representatives from Track and Trace.

"We are confident that with the social distancing measures we have in place this is unlikely. Due to confidentiality, we cannot provide in-depth details on the situation but can confirm that the individual did not enter the main pub, and remained in ‘next door’ during the duration of their visit."

He added: "As a precautionary measure, we will be closing the pub tonight [Tuesday]  to perform a deep clean on top of the stringent cleaning we are already adopting day to day, and the staff that were working at the time the individual visited the pub will not be working in the Pipeworks for the next 14 days."

Bosses at the pub insist they are taking the situation "very seriously".

"We are taking what we feel is appropriate and precautionary action to ensure the safety of our staff and customers," said the spokesman.

"We urge anyone who is experiencing symptoms, or has had contact with a symptomatic person, to please follow guidelines and visit us at a later date when you are in the clear."

Rhondda Cynon Taf was placed under a lockdown lockdown last week following a rise in cases over recent days. The county now has the second most cases per head of population behind Merthyr Tydfil.

Currently, residents in RCT should adhere to the following restrictions:

The same restrictions also apply to Caerphilly, as well as Bridgend, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil from 6pm on Tuesday.