The Halfway House pub at Rame says it is 'truly gutted' after being forced to close 'with immediate effect' after a member of it staff tested positive for Covid.

Announcing the decision on Facebook, the pub said the decision was for the safety of both its staff and its guests.

The post said: "Due to a positive Covid Case within our team we are having to close with immediate effect (Tuesday 13th July)

"This is for the safety of both our staff and our Guests and to comply with all government regulations.

"We are all truly gutted that after all this time of staying safe we have now been affected by the dreaded virus

"Cases down here have been multiplying at a scary rate over the past few weeks so unfortunately this hasn’t surprised us. We will update everyone with a reopening date as soon as we

Know when we can.

"We are trying to contact everyone that has bookings with us this week but anyone that does have a booking and hasn’t heard from us please contact us via our facebook page for clarification.

"We can only apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience this has caused but we will be back open very soon."

The pub is just latest in a growing list of hospitality businesses in the area that have been forced to close as case numbers rise.