Track and trace is continuing to wreak havoc on the York hospitality sector.
Another pub has been forced to close after several staff were alerted by the NHS Covid app to say they had been in contact with someone infected and had to self isolate.
The Ackhorne, on St Martins Lane, will now be shut until the end of the week.
A message on the pub’s Facebook page said: “We will not be able to reopen until Friday at 12pm (after a deep clean).
“This will be with some new faces behind the bar so please bear with! We understand that a few people had bookings with us over the next few days, but in order to keep you and the staff safe, we will have to cancel these.
“If you have any questions regarding bookings, please get in touch. Thank you for your understanding, we will be back as soon as we safely can!”
Meanwhile the Carlton Tavern on Acomb Road is four staff members down for the same reason.
Hotels and bars struggling
It follows the closure of the Walmgate Ale House due to self-isolating staff – it should reopen this weekend.
Grays Court hotel on Chapter House Street has closed its bar, lunch and dinner operations until Tuesday (July 13) after half its front of house staff had to self-isolate.
Trade body UKHospitality has called for the government to review of its test and trace guidelines on self-isolation, “which are proving massively disruptive for hospitality businesses across the UK and leading to venue closures and reduced operating hours”.
But the easing of self-isolation rules for coronavirus contacts will not happen for a month after England’s other restrictions.
From 16 August, people in England who have received both doses of a vaccine – as well as the under-18s – will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19.
The Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told Sky News today: “It’s a balance, it’s not a perfect solution. But on the one hand we’re saying that we can reopen and on the other we’re saying that we want to give a little bit more protection in terms of the self-isolation rules.”