The Folly Inn at Whippingham have confirmed that they were forced to close their doors on Saturday due to a suspected norovirus outbreak in the community.
As previously reported by Island Echo, customers were turned away at the weekend after a notice was placed on the door saying that a health and safety issue meant the pub was unable to open. The news led to a strong outburst of opinion on social media from both past and present customers.
The management had, until now, failed to expand on the reasoning for the sudden shutdown.
Last night a specialist cleaning company were seen entering the waterside pub at the bottom of Folly Lane on the banks of the River Medina.
Following a request for a statement by Island Echo, a spokesperson from Greene King on behalf of The Folly has said:
“We have closed the pub as a precautionary measure following a suspected outbreak of norovirus in the community.
“There is no suggestion that this is related to our kitchen and food preparation standards, however the safety of our customers is a top priority so we have organised a professional treatment of the entire site.
“The pub will reopen for drinks from 6pm today and normal service will resume from lunchtime tomorrow.”