Botham's of Whitby closes shop as precaution after contact with positive coronavirus case

A much-loved bakery and shop in Whitby has closed as a precaution after a staff member was in contact with someone who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Sunday, 6th September 2020, 4:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 3:01 pm
Botham's of Whitby decided to close the Enterprise Way shop on Thursday, September 3 as a precaution after learning the news.

Botham's of Whitby decided to close the Enterprise Way shop on Thursday, September 3 as a precaution after learning the news.

The business stressed that none of the shop team showed any symptoms of Covid-19 but they closed because "the safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance".

Several staff members at the shop have since taken a coronavirus test and the results came back negative.

A Botham's of Whibty spokesman said: "We have learned this afternoon that some of our Enterprise Way team have been in contact with friends or relations who have tested positive for Covid19.

"As a precautionary measure, we have decided to close our Enterprise Way shop with immediate effect.

"We want to make it clear that none of our shop team are showing any symptoms of Covid19 or are feeling unwell, but the safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance to us."

They later added: "We're very happy to know that the members of our team who had been in contact with friends or relatives who have very sadly caught Covid19 have had their tests come back negative.

"We can't yet announce when the shop will reopen until all the team who are eligible for tests have their results back, but this is positive news we thought it important to share."