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Fat Duck restaurant shutters for two weeks amid Covid-19 cases

The Fat Duck restaurant has announced a two week voluntary closure after several of its staff members tested positive for coronavirus. 

According to the Guardian, the restaurant in Bray, Berkshire contacted customers who had intended to dine there that the venue had closed with “immediate effect.”

The Heston Blumenthal-owned restaurant only re-opened its doors on 15 August after being shut for several months during the UK lockdown period. 

The outlet reported that it is thought to be the first three-Michelin-star business to temporarily close down as a result of an outbreak. 

A spokesperson for Fat Duck told the Guardian: “These are hugely unprecedented and difficult times and, since we reopened the Fat Duck in August, we have stringently followed all the government’s Covid safety advice and guidelines.

“As part of this, to continuously monitor the safety of our staff and guests, we have been proactively testing our full team on a regular basis, unfortunately, in the past few days a number of employees have returned positive tests, which has resulted in them self-isolating at home.”

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