A restaurant which was ordered to temporarily close after breaching coronavirus restrictions has now been given the go-ahead to continue trading.

Wigton’s Shuhag restaurant was issued with a fixed penalty notice for breaching Covid-19 regulations; however, after a follow-up visit by public health officials and Cumbria police on Tuesday, it was ordered to close.

Owner of the restaurant, Parsu Miah, said he had done everything in his power to create a safe environment. He added: “I made a mistake. I have done everything I can now to make my business safe. I have emptied all our stock and started again. My daughter had tested positive and members of staff are isolating. We have now all been tested and we’re negative; now we’re just waiting for results from some staff who are now isolating. I hired professional cleaners to deep clean everywhere.”

In a letter from the chief executive of Cumbria County Council, Katherine Fairclough, it has been deemed safe. The letter said: “Allerdale Council have worked intensively with the owner of the premises over the past week. They have confirmed that the kitchen and front of house have satisfactorily deep cleaned and that Mr Miah now appears to understand the need for and the practicalities of working in a Covid-secure manner. Mr Miah no longer poses a risk himself of transmitting Covid-19 to others.”

Colin Cox, Cumbria’s director of public health, said: “We need everyone to play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus. We’re all in this together, if you have symptoms please self-isolate and get a test.”