Popular nightclub shuts after staff are pinged

Nusrat Ghani
NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Pitcher & Piano closed after staff were told to isolate [Pictures: Facebook/Pitcher & Piano]

Like similar venues across the country, Pitcher & Piano in Church Road was forced to shut its doors in March last year due to the pandemic.

Following the lifting of restrictions last month, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson allowed all UK nightclubs to reopen, Pitcher & Piano announced a host of new party nights.

DANCEFLOOR: Inside Pitcher& Piano during one of their party nights [Picture: Facebook/Pitcher & Piano]

Hundreds of revellers returned to the club on Monday July 19 with an event dubbed by the chain as a night to ‘go down in history’.

On Sunday July 25 the venue also held summer party ‘Tease’ all afternoon with a DJ and BBQ, and started a new regular Thursday night event with a second dancefloor where revellers could dance until 3am.

However, last Thursday [July 29], just as the venue was preparing for its next party night, it announced that the nightclub had been forced to close its doors after its staff were pinged by the NHS Test and Trace app.

In a statement on its Facebook page, Pitcher & Piano said: “Unfortunately, we have been linked to a case of Covid-19 by NHS Track & Trace and a few members of our team have been instructed to isolate.

“Sadly, this means we have closed from today to ensure the safety of our team and guests. We are unsure when we will reopen so please check back here for further updates.

“We will be contacting all guests who have a reservation over the next few days via phone or email to rearrange.

“Apologies for any inconvenience caused but we look forward to welcoming you back soon.”

It’s thought the venue employs between 20 and 30 people.

Piper, who own the chain, declined to comment.

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