Edinburgh’s busy bike shop closes as staff await urgent coronavirus test results

A bike shop in Edinburgh has been forced to close due to a potential case of coronavirus.

Hart’s Cycles staff informed customers that they will be closed on Friday September 3 as they must self-isolate for the coronavirus.

According to the store, staff are waiting for the results of a PCR test to confirm whether or not they are positive for Covid-19, which forces them to lose a day of work.

However, a message from the shop said they hoped to reopen on Monday (September 6) provided their results came back negative.

They said: “We are closed today. Self-isolating Faff awaiting testing. Expect to be open on Monday assuming we get enough negative feedback.”

Corstorphine’s store is one of many businesses in Edinburgh that have been hit by the rising number of coronavirus cases in the city.

This week, popular cat cafe Maison de Moggy also confirmed it would be closed after staff were contacted by the NHS Test and Protect service.

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It comes as 6,400 new cases of the virus were reported across Scotland on Thursday, one of the highest daily figures since the start of the pandemic.

1,090 of those cases have been recorded as being in the NHS Lothian region, making it the third highest health board in the country behind Lanarkshire and Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Maria R. Newman