300 told to self-isolate after Covid outbreak at charity football match

Up to 300 people who attended a charity football match have been asked to self-isolate for a fortnight after 28 people who attended the event tested positive for Covid-19.

The match was held at Burnside Working Men’s Club, in Fencehouses, County Durham on August 30.

The location is close to the border with Wearside, so Durham County Council has been working with counterparts at Sunderland City Council, as well as Public Health England, to manage the response.

Contact tracing will be carried out for anyone deemed to have been close to someone who tested positive at the bank holiday weekend gathering, but anyone else who was at the charity game has been asked to self-isolate until midnight on September 13.

Gillian Gibson, Sunderland’s director of public health, said: “It’s really important that everyone acts responsibly and follows the public health guidance when outside of the home if we are to keep our community safe.”

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