Salisbury's Zizzi confirmed 'all clear'

Zizzi Castle Street decontamination cordon

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:06pm 19th September 2018. (Updated at 4:13pm 19th September 2018)

Defra tells us that the decontamination process has been completed in the restaurant at the centre of the spy poisoning incident.

The Italian restaurant on Castle Street is where Sergei and Yulia Skripal dined on the day they were poisoned.

The father and daughter ate there just an hour before they were found unwell in the Maltings on March 4th.

The site's been closed ever since for testing and clean-up.

Zizzi New Cordon June 2018
Barriers have been up around Zizzi with security guarding the scene

There's been an update today (Wednesday September 19th) from Government department, Defra, who have been leading that process.

In a statement, they've said there's now no trace of the novichok nerve agent in the building: 

“Following extensive and meticulous clean-up work carried out by specialist military teams, Defra has given Zizzi Salisbury the all clear.

"The site has now been handed over to Wiltshire Council, who have in turn passed it back to the owners to begin refurbishment.

“Our number one priority is making all sites in South Wiltshire safe and our highly precautionary approach means residents and visitors can be fully confident that the restaurant is clean and can soon return to normal.”

Zizzi Castle Street decontamination cordon

Security staff have been stood down from the cordons at both the front and back of the Zizzi building

The security staff that have been standing guard at the site while the clean-up's been ongoing are no longer working on the site.

Alistair Cunningham, Chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Group, said;

“This is very positive news for Salisbury and will contribute significantly to the city in its recovery.

“Zizzi is the final city centre site to be handed back following the clean-up by specialist teams. Salisbury is getting back to normal even though this continues to be an unprecedented situation.

“We’re delighted that this popular restaurant has been handed back to its owners. The local community has not been deterred and has shown remarkable resilience over the past few months.”

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