‘I’m sorry to do this’: Michelin-starred restaurant in Bristol closes for Christmas after staff test positive for Covid-19

It comes as Bristol businesses grapple with cancellations and staff shortages due to fears over Omicron

The owner of a popular Michelin-starred restaurant has been forced to shut up for Christmas after a number of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

Wilsons Restaurant, a small independent bistro in Redland, posted on its Instagram and Twitter pages that the eaterie would be unable to ‘operate properly and safely’ due to staff being off sick with Covid, with some also waiting on PCR test results.

It comes as Bristol businesses grapple with cancellations, a lapse in bookings and staff shortages due to fears over the Omicron variant, at a time when they’d normally be incredibly busy.

In the emotional post, owner Jan Wilson gave a ‘massive and heartfelt thanks’ to customers for their understanding for having to close a week earlier than expected, adding: “I am so sorry to do this”.

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“I’d like to thank my community, customers, suppliers and all the people who have helped us get through this incredibly challenging time,” the post reads.

“I’m so incredibly lucky to spend my days working and interacting with people who inspire me and encourage me forward.”

The group also posted the announcement on Twitter, and said ‘I’m sorry to do this’.

The Chandos Road restaurant closed yesterday (December 20) after selling surplus ingredients to customers to cook at home and collecting optional donations to Street Smart UK - they had sold out by 4pm.

There was outpouring of support from customers on social media.

On Instagram, Eliaeph_ said: “So sorry Jan. Can’t wait to come back for dinner when things are better.”

Casacandyce said: “Sorry to hear that, stay well and safe x”