Wiff Waff bar to close for England final after confirmed Covid cases

Wiff Waff bar, close to the Ipswich waterfront Picture: SOPHIE BARNETT

Wiff Waff bar, close to the Ipswich waterfront Picture: SOPHIE BARNETT - Credit: SOPHIE BARNETT

A popular bar on the Waterfront in Ipswich has said it is "devastated" to be closing for the Euro 2020 final - after some of its staff members tested positive for Covid.

Wiff Waff announced the closure on its Facebook page following lateral flow tests conducted on its team members.

The bar said it is with the "deepest regret" that it has chosen to close ahead of the England v Italy final on Sunday — for which it was fully booked. 

Steve Haslem, owner of the bar, said they have chosen to voluntarily close as they did not feel comfortable opening following the confirmed cases.

He said they test staff every three days and have been working closely with the local authority since tests came back positive. 

Mr Haslem said: "We have to prioritise safety of both staff and our guests, so we have chosen to isolate our entire team.

"We understand people will be disappointed, but we hope people understand we have done this for the right reason.

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"We are devastated because of the financial impact but also because it is such a big weekend with the England final. But we are not prepared to risk people's safety."

The popular sports bar was due to welcome hundreds of people for the England final on Sunday at 8pm. 

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