STAFF at a popular golf club with hundreds of members were forced to self-isolate because of Covid-19 hours before reopening.

One employee of Frilford Heath Golf Club, near Abingdon, tested positive for the virus and a number of others are now self-isolating ahead of the club's reopening. 

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Managing director Russell Stebbings confirmed that an employee who works on one of the golf courses tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning.

He said: "Since we were made aware and on the advice of track and trace, his team/bubble are now all self-isolating, plus one other employee who may have come into contact with him as a precaution.

"The maintenance facility they work from is closed pending a deep clean.

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"All of our working employees are aware and are safe as they had no contact with the infected employee nor the facility he worked from.

"Our staff and members have been made aware this morning, are completely safe, and enjoying a return to golf.

"Not one of them will come near the closed maintenance facility or the isolating team."

Due to high demand, Frilford Health is only welcoming members today. 

Mr Stebbings revealed that more than 400 members enjoyed the golf courses today.