Thirteen members of staff at a Carlisle pub are self-isolating, after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, confirmed staff at its Woodrow Wilson pub, in Botchergate, had taken appropriate action in line with coronavirus guidelines.

“We can confirm that one staff member from The Woodrow Wilson (Carlisle) has tested positive for Covid-19," he said.

“They are not showing any symptoms, at this time.

“They are in isolation and will continue to follow Government guidance, until they are safe to return to work.”

Mr Gershon said the staff members who were self-isolating were doing so because they had been in close contact with the person who had tested positive.

“None of them have tested positive and nor are they displaying symptoms,” he added.

He said the pub is trading as usual.

When asked if customers were tracked and traced because of the positive test, a spokesman said: “The case was confirmed [on Tuesday] and, as yet, no customer details have been requested.”

As in all public places, the Woodrow Wilson records contact details for any customers coming into the pub, to ensure they can be contacted should a known-infection be discovered.

This is part of the NHS Test and Trace initiative to ensure people can be contacted in the event someone is diagnosed with coronavirus. These details are kept for 21 days.

The pub re-opened on July 4 and has strict rules in place to ensure staff and customer safety.

They include having to queue outside. where possible, to restrict number in the pub at any one time.

Hand sanitisers are also situated around the premises.

Customers have been encouraged to use the order and pay app rather than go to the bar, and contactless cards have been encouraged for those who cannot pay through an app and a reduced number of cash tills are available.

Single use, disposable menus have been introduced for those who do not have the app and customers will no longer be able to congregate at doors to smoke.

Pub-goers have also been asked not to move any of the tables inside, as they have been arranged to adhere to the Government’s Covid-19 secure guidelines.

These are placed at least one metre apart to help reduce the risk of transmission.