Jade Thirlwall's bar Arbeia CLOSES as it's hit by 'tough times' amid COVID-19

Sad news: Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall's bar Arbeia has announced it will be closing temporarily after being hit by 'tough times' during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jade Thirlwall’s bar Arbeia CLOSES just a year after launching as it’s hit by ‘tough times’ during COVID-19 pandemic

Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall’s bar Arbeia has announced it will be closing temporarily after being hit by ‘tough times’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As South Shields was placed in the second ‘High’ tier of lockdown, the bar posted a statement to Facebook explaining it was ‘no longer possible’ to stay open with the introduction of new restrictions.

Jade opened her bar under its original name Red Door in 2019, and had been known for performing with local bands there, to the delight of fans.

Sad news: Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall's bar Arbeia has announced it will be closing temporarily after being hit by 'tough times' during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sad news: Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall’s bar Arbeia has announced it will be closing temporarily after being hit by ‘tough times’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a statement, Arbeia announced: ‘It is with a heavy heart that today we announce Arbeia will be closing until further notice.

‘We have tried our best to get through these tough times but unfortunately it is no longer possible for us to keep our doors open.

‘This isn’t goodbye forever, we will be back (with a bang) the way we do best, but at the moment we are unable to confirm when this will be.

‘We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, staff, people who share, like and comment on our posts – your support has been incredible. We will see you soon, until then stay safe and support local.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Jade Thirlwall for comment 

Tragic news: The singer opened her bar under its original name Red Door in 2019, and had been known for performing with local bands to the delight of fans

The closure comes just three months after bars and pubs across the UK were allowed to re-open following the COVID-19 crisis, with strict social distancing measures in place.

Jade first opened Arbeia as Red Door last year with a star-studded celebration, joining her bandmates to mark the end of their LM5 tour.

The singer was known for making regular appearances with house bands to perform for thrilled fans.

Tragic: The bar posted a statement to Facebook explaining it was 'no longer possible' to stay open with the introduction of new restrictions

Tragic: The bar posted a statement to Facebook explaining it was ‘no longer possible’ to stay open with the introduction of new restrictions

In February Jade changed the bar’s name Arbeia as an homage to the town’s nearby Roman Fort.

On Wednesday South Shields was placed in the second tier of the government’s new COVID-19 alert system, banning households from mixing indoors.

The restrictions also mean bars and restaurants are still limited to a 10pm curfew, with groups of no more than six able to meet.

Pals: Jade first opened Arbeia under its original name Red Door last year with a star-studded celebration attended by her bandmates

Pals: Jade first opened Arbeia under its original name Red Door last year with a star-studded celebration attended by her bandmates

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