Dumfries restaurant forced to close after staff member tested positive for coronavirus


A Dumfries business has temporarily closed due to a staff member testing positive for Covid-19.

The Bankbar and the tapas restaurant have both been closed to protect staff and customers, but will reopen on Thursday, July 8, after a thorough cleaning.

Owner Adam Scott said: “The staff member who tested positive felt bad at the end of last week and the other eight staff are all in isolation.

“However, the other eight showed no symptoms. Above all, we need to protect our staff and our customers.”

The Whitesands venue had reservations last Friday for 300 people and another 400 reservations for Saturday which were all canceled.

Mr. Scott added: “We have lost a lot of revenue. In addition to the weekend loss, there are typically around 100 people every night, which is probably over 1,000 bookings lost during the shutdown.

“But as I said before, people’s health comes first and we need to protect our staff and our customers.”

Mr Scott and his wife Laura also own the Italian restaurant La Dolce Vita on the town’s neighboring Irish street, which has no Covid-19 issues and remains open.

News of the closure emerged after the owners posted a post on the bank’s Facebook page.

He said: “It is with great sadness that we will be closing our doors until Thursday, July 8 due to a member of staff testing positive for Covid-19.

“There is no risk to the public associated with this incident, so don’t worry if you’ve visited us recently, and of course we’ll do some extra deep cleaning and fog as a precaution.

“We look forward to welcoming you all again on Thursday July 8th and we apologize to all of our reservations which will now obviously be canceled, text messages will be sent to each of our reservations to confirm this.”


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