Sports teams cancel training amid new positive virus cases in Stone

A number of sports teams have decided to cancel its training sessions this week amid reports of a number of people testing positive for coronavirus after visiting a pub in Stone.

Staffordshire County Council stated that it has been made aware of a number of confirmed positive cases of coronavirus among visitors to the Crown and Anchor pub on July 16, 17 & 18.

The authority said that a walk-in centre has been set up at the Crown Street car park in Stone (ST15 8QN).

It is urging anyone who: Visited the pub on these dates; Have been in close contact with someone who went to the venue then; Or were drinking in the town during these days and have developed coronavirus symptoms; to visit and get tested.

The facility opened today (Wednesday, July 29) and will stay open until Sunday, August 2.

The centre will be open from 11am to 3pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tests are free with no appointment needed.

Alternatively, those unable to attend can book a test online at or call 119.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire County Council said: “We have been made aware of a number of positive cases of coronavirus that have been confirmed among visitors to the Crown and Anchor Pub on 16, 17 and 18 July.

The pop-up centre was visited by hundreds on Wednesday

“We’re urging people to book a test if: They visited the pub on 16, 17 and 18 July; They have been in close contact with someone who went visited the pub on the 16, 17 and 18 July; They were drinking in Stone on 16, 17 and 18 July and have any symptoms of Covid-19.

“For people without symptoms, there will be a walk-in testing centre at the Crown Street car park in Stone, ST15 8QN, on Wednesday 29 July and Friday 31 July from 10am to 5pm. The tests are free, and no appointment is needed.

“If you were in the Crown & Anchor in Stone on 16, 17 or 18 July, and you have tested positive for coronavirus, or if you know someone who has tested positive after visiting the pub, please contact us and let us know by email or phone 0300 111 8050.

“This will help us to contact, test and isolate any potential cases, and prevent any further infection.”

Hundreds of people were pictured queuing up on Wednesday morning to get a test.

In light of the news, Stone Rugby Club has made the decision to cancel its senior training sessions this week.

A spokesperson for the club said: “Following the incidents that took place on the weekend of the 16th, 17th and 18th July and the heightened risk of a Covid outbreak with the local area, we have made the unfortunate decision to postpone all senior training this week.

No training was scheduled for Stone Hockey Club anyway but Stone Rugby Club has decided to cancel theirs

“To confirm these are the sessions scheduled to be held on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th July.

“This is a precautionary measure with our priory being the safety of our local community.

“Our aim is to return to normal practice next week and should this change we will communicate this decision to you all in due course.

“It is with regret that we have made this decision but we are hopeful that following the measures and actions of the local council and that of the Covid-19 Incident Management Team, this will only be a short term interruption and will allow us to return to training next week.

“If you, or you are aware of anyone that, attended the named public house on the weekend of the 16th to 18th July, please follow all guidelines provided. Stay safe and thank you for your support.”

Stoke-on-Trent Rugby Club has also announced that all training has been cancelled this week because of the news, with chairman Steve Maskrey stating: “Sorry for inconvenience but we can’t risk it as a club as some lads may have well been in Stone last weekend or been in contact with someone who has.”

There will be no training at Stoke Rugby Club this week either in light of the news

Stone SP Cricket Club put out an announcement encouraging those who had attended the pub to get tested.

A spokesperson for the NSSCPCL Premier Division side stated: “Calling all players, members, spectators and anyone that’s visited or plans on visiting the club in the near future.

“We would like to urge everyone to listen to this advise and if you were in C&A (the Crown and Anchor) this night or have came into contact with anybody who was, we highly recommend listening to the advise and taking the free test.

“Our main priority at SSPCC is that we want everybody using the club to remain as safe as possible, especially when we have a large count of members that are either young, vulnerable or elderly.

“Even if you are not symptomatic, the test is there to be taken and not everybody develops symptoms, let’s keep our club and Stone a safe place.”

Stone Hockey Club told Sport in Staffs that it is not currently operating any training but the facility can still be hired by individuals adhering to the Governmental guidance on social group bubbles and social distancing regulations.

In their latest post on the platform, The Crown and Anchor pub posted a statement on Facebook on July 24 which said: “Due to the overwhelming amount of people visiting the Crown and Anchor on Saturday, we have decided to close this weekend to be able to review our risk assessment in order to deal with the difficulty that we faced with social distancing.

“By saying that we are grateful and appreciative of all our customers and want to make it a safe environment for you when we reopen next weekend. We will be posting our updated guidelines.”

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