A well-known city centre restaurant has temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.
The Case, on Hotel Street, has taken action after discovering a member the team and their family had tested positive for the virus.
Following the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the restaurant had reopened in August with a fresh new look after refurbishment work had been completed during lockdown.
Now, the popular venue – which first opened in 1990 – will be closed until Tuesday, October 13.
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Talking about the closure, The Case’s owner David Hartshorn told LeicestershireLive: “A member of our front of house has tested positive.
“That means that anybody that worked with that person obviously has to do the proper thing, and we are doing that.
“Because we are a small independent venue, we can’t bus in staff, so we have no choice but to close.”
As soon as David was told about the positive test result, he and his team immediately sprang into action, contacting customers.
He said: “We’ve emailed all of the customers that have booked. We will be reopening on the 13th because by then everyone will be clear and everything should be fine.
The team will also be emailing everyone on the restaurant’s mailing list to let them know the current situation.
“We haven’t been contacted by the Government or by Track and Trace yet, we’re just moving fast ourselves because a member of staff has contacted me directly, so by the time Track and Trace get hold of us, we’re already closed,” David continued.
“It’s gutting, but in the back of my mind, I always knew this was going to happen because there’s 10 front of house team members, eight kitchen staff – we all work in bubbles.
“We lost a lot of our staff because they were students, which is why we came back on a smaller scale to keep it as tight as possible, but there was always going to be this window of opportunity where we could have something happen, and it has, and the most important thing is to deal with it properly.”
From October 13, The Case will be open Tuesday to Saturday.