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Wetherspoon move bar staff from Newcastle to Cornwall to run G7 pub after covid outbreak

Staff working at JD Wetherspoon have been transported across the country to work at a pub near the G7 summit after a covid outbreak forced the regular team to isolate. 

Workers had to travel to Cornwall to keep the Towan Blystra Pub in Newquay open after four members of the usual team at the pub tested positive for coronavirus. 

It is understood that the staff who have been brought in to fill the gap have come from other Wetherspoon pubs, with some coming from as far away as Newcastle on Tyne.  

Workers had to travel to Cornwall to keep the Towan Blystra Pub in Newquay (pictured)  open after four members of the usual team at the pub tested positive for coronavirus.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: 'In accordance with NHS guidelines, these employees are required to self-isolate for the requisite ten-day period. 

'As a precaution, in accordance with public health guidelines, 19 other members of staff who may have come into close contact with the employees who tested positive have also been asked to self-isolate for 10 days.

'We are working closely with Cornwall Council, Public Health England and other relevant authorities and have followed their advice in relation to the cases.

'We have not been asked to close the pub and it remains open.

'In order to support the pub, given the number of employees self - isolating, additional experienced Wetherspoon managers and staff from a number of our pubs, both in Cornwall and beyond, have worked at the pub since the 4th June.'      

The pub is five miles from Newquay airport where attendees and staff flew in for the G7 summit which started yesterday.      

The G7 is a group comprising of the world's seven largest advance economies, and includes the UK, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. 

The summit is the main event of the year, when the groups come together to discuss the big issues of the day.

The G7 summit is the main event of the year, when the groups come together to discuss the big issues of the day. 

World leaders are expected to commit today to work together to crush future pandemics within 100 days.

The nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held.

As part of the strategy, Britain will build a £25million animal vaccine centre to halt the spread of new diseases and therefore prevent them from jumping to humans.

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