The Station Hotel in Penrith is the latest pub in the town to have a confirmed case of COVID-19.
The Station Hotel alerted Eden District Council about an individual that had been in the premises and has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
People who were in the pub on Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th July, from opening to closing on both days, are advised to get tested, even if they do not have symptoms.
A statement from the council said local contract tracers, with the help of local pubs, had established links between a group of people who visited pubs in Penrith on the weekend of 25th and 26th July, some of whom subsequently tested positive for the virus. A local track and trace process is continuing with the identified cases
Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council’s director of public health, said: “We are taking a robust approach to this situation because we want to get a grip as quickly as possible.
“When people are out socialising in pubs there is inevitably less certainty about what people have done and who they have been in contact with so the approach we are taking reflects that.
“I want to stress that this situation is no reflection of the pub listed and provided pubs follow good hygiene practices, the risk of transmission after the times these people visited is low.
“In this instance, the pub completed thorough risk assessments in time for opening on 4th July and implemented resulting safety measures to keep all staff and customers safe.
“The pub operated within government guidelines, but it has been found that some pub-goers did not use the track and trace app as directed.
“Last week we explained that up to 20 per cent of contract numbers left at venues in Carlisle and Eden were either false, incorrect or not legible. This information is absolutely vital to our efforts to stop the spread of the virus.”
Testing is available at Penrith Rugby Club seven days a week.
People can book a test or order a home testing kit www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
NHS staff affected should arrange testing via their employers.
It is crucial for anyone who tests positive to contact the COVID-19 call centre on 0800 783 1968 to help in important local tracing efforts.