So bar temporarily closes after location-related Covid cases

A BAR closed until the middle of next week following a “number of positive COVID-19 cases associated” at the Bournemouth town center site.

All visitors to the Exter Road premises over a five-day period were also asked to take a Covid test as a “precaution”.

Public health and council officials have worked with the site, with close contact with cases identified and asked to self-isolate.

In a statement on Facebook, Bar So said it would remain closed on weekends and reopen next Wednesday.

Anyone who has visited the premises between Saturday, May 29 and Wednesday, June 2 is invited to take a Covid PCR test even if they have not been identified as a close contact.

Bar So’s statement on Facebook said: “We have been made aware of a number of positive COVID-19 cases associated with Bar So.

“We have been working with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Public Health England South West to take all necessary action.

“Close contacts of the cases have been identified and asked to self-isolate.

“However, as a precautionary measure, Public Health England and the local public health team and ourselves are asking anyone who has visited Bar So on any day from Saturday 29 May to Wednesday 2 June inclusive to take a PCR test. (even if they have not been contacted via NHS Trace & Trace).

“You can book this test online at or by calling 119 and indicate that your local council or health protection team has asked you to do so.

“If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and get tested or by calling 119.

“Bar So will remain closed this weekend and reopen on Wednesday, June 16. All existing bookings during this period will be automatically refunded in full. Please note that refunds for card payments take 5-10 business days.

“Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.”

The Daily Echo has contacted Public Health Dorset and BCP Council for comment.

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