Thursday 29 October, 2020

COVID-19 reality: Another local business closes its doors

There will be no more partying at McBride’s any time soon.

The popular bar and night club in St Lawrence Gap has closed its doors temporarily.

McBride’s has been one of the few entertainment venues which hosted a number of events since the relaxation of restrictions on gatherings. Within the last few weeks there were a number of themed fetes and its Crop Over Lite 2020 series which came to a close recently. The mini- Crop Over calendar of events ran from July 9 to August 9.

On Sunday, August 2, McBride’s was one of the establishments along the St Lawrence stretch that was closed by the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit for a breach of the protocols.

Under the recently introduced COVID-19 protocols, owners of bars and entertainment venues were required to make several adjustments to their operations in order to adhere to the guidelines issued. These included temperature checks, hand sanitization and mask-wearing by patrons and staff alike, among others.

At that time, Director of the Unit, Ronald Chapman released a statement which indicated that the entities which were closed had been given prior warning about contravening the protocols. The breaches were found to be primarily related to barmen not wearing masks or face shields and to some patrons not wearing masks.

However, McBride’s reopened shortly after and one of the final events hosted there was “Ramamask” on August 8.

A statement posted to the pub’s Facebook page on August 13 announced the temporary closure “until later in the year”. 

It read: “It is with regret that we announce the temporary closure of McBride’s until later in the year. Unfortunately, circumstances with the global pandemic and the very necessary precautions and protocols instituted have proven too challenging to operate business effectively and we, out of an abundance of caution, have made the tough decision to close until such time as, hopefully, things can return to a more “normal” situation.

We feel at this point it is simply too unsafe to continue as we do not want to see our patrons put themselves and others at risk of spreading a very dangerous illness.

The health and well-being of our patrons and staff are of paramount importance to us and we truly wish we had been able to continue as we know people enjoy their nights at McBride's and our staff have been delighted to be back at work. But we will be back once we are comfortable to offer McBride’s as being a safe environment for all to enjoy. In the meantime, please be cautious, wear your masks and we will see you soon we hope!”

McBride’s is but one of many local establishments which have been adversely affected by the global pandemic.

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