A PUB in Bracknell has been forced to speak out online to explain why it can not notify people if someone has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Admiral Cunningham pub in Priestwood, Bracknell informed punters of how they will only use customer's details to pass onto track and trace.

Essentially, the pub will leave it to NHS Test and Trace to contact visitors who may have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The pub said if they did this themselves they "would be in breach of GDPR" (General Data Protection Regulations).

A statement on their Facebook page said: "We are not permitted under any circumstance to contact visitors that we suspect may have been exposed to the virus. We would be in breach of GDPR.

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"It is the duty of test and trace to contact relevant people as they see fit. We are frankly not qualified to understand under what circumstance test and trace decide to contact people.

"Our personal thoughts are that it is a big venue with different areas. In addition people visit at different times of the day. It seems that test and trace ask positive cases who they have been in close contact with.

"We do not have details of guests that check in through the app but do log everyone else manually and details would be passed on to test and trace if required. We are honestly trying our best in the toughest situation possible. We are trying to learn as much as we can as quickly as we can. Thank you for your support as always."

The NHS test and trace system explained that they will contact the pub requesting details of individuals who have been in close contact with a positive case.

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How does NHS test and trace work?

As soon as you experience Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. You then get a free NHS test immediately to check if you have COVID-19 or call 119 if you have no internet access.

If you test positive for COVID-19, NHS Test and Trace will send you a text or email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited.

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 then you will be alerted by NHS Test and Trace.

The alert will usually come by text, email or phone call and you will then be told to begin self-isolation for 10 days from your last contact with the person who has tested positive.