PEOPLE who visited Billingham Catholic Club on Wolviston Road during a five day period earlier this month are being advised that they must self-isolate after a 'significant' outbreak of Covid-19 cases.

The public health guidance is being issued by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council after 20 positive cases were linked to the club.

Anyone who was at the club on October 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 must self-isolate for a 14-day period from the date they were last there.

The Council’s Director of Public Health, Sarah Bowman-Abouna, said: “The club’s management did the right thing and contacted us for support after what initially looked like a small number of cases. But test results coming through in the last few days have made it clear this a significant outbreak.

“We’re working together to contact customers who visited on any of the five days from Saturday, October 10 through to Wednesday, October 14. Although tracing has gone well, we’re taking a ‘belt and braces’ approach by making this public appeal in the interests of tracing as many people as possible so they can self-isolate and help us limit any further spread.

“I’d like to stress that the club has had appropriate Covid-19 measures in place throughout this, including table service, regular cleaning and test and trace procedures in line with national guidance. The club is currently closed due to a number of staff having to self-isolate but we are supporting management with their plans to reopen and they will confirm a reopening date as soon as they can.”

If you were in Billingham Catholic Club on any of those five days and get a test and your test is negative, you must still complete your 14 full days of self-isolation.

This is because it can take time for symptoms to develop.

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