Pub blasts ‘Covid-19 rule-breaking d***head customers’ as it’s forced to close

A pub has blasted "rule-breaking d***heads" and "keyboard warriors" after it closed because customers kept breaking Covid-19 restrictions.

The Noah, in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, was one of many which reopened in April with strict rules about service after months of lockdown, StokeonTrentLive reports.

But bosses slammed punters who "think it's okay to not wear a mask inside, don't understand why more than six people on a table is an issue, and some even think they are exempt due to medical issues (yet don't carry an inhaler.)"

Locals complained on social media about "uncontrollable mayhem outside", "crowds standing with drinks in their hands without masks," "letting too many people into the beer garden" and "people being served while standing".

One customer reported a "massive fight" at the venue on Saturday, April 24.

The boozer shut its doors on Friday, April 30, less than three weeks after it was allowed to reopen.

A note left on the door read: "Sorry, we are closed until further notice…bye, for now.

"We apologise for any inconvenience. We would like to (sarcastically) thank all the 'd***heads' that did not follow the rules and keyboard warriors writing nonsense on social media.

"Your actions have cost the jobs of 15 people and closed a well-established local business.

"But we sincerely thank our regulars, good friends and those loyal, respectful customers that have supported us following the rules and being awesome. We will be back."

Pubs in England were finally allowed to reopen to the public on April 12 after more than three months of lockdown.

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Hospitality businesses are allowed to serve food and drink outside with table service and customers must wear masks when they are not sat at their table.

The Noah, which has a licence to serve alcohol until midnight, had tried to prevent customers getting out of hand by closing earlier at 10pm.

On one occasion it shut as early as 8pm because people were behaving so badly.

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Responding to social media complaints about potential Covid breaches, the pub said: "Have you ever tried telling your kids to stay seated? Imagine telling 100 kids to stay seated!

"It’s very similar with people who enjoy going out drinking with friends – they have been sat down for five months waiting to get back into the pub.

"As for any pub that decided to open with the restricted rules in these uncertain times this is as new to us as it is to customers.

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"We didn’t have to open. It is frustrating that people forget that times have changed. Therefore you can’t expect all customers to correspond in the correct way."

Staffordshire Police said: "Officers were called to reports of an altercation at a pub on Hartshill Road shortly before 8:40pm on Saturday 24 April.

"Enquiries into the circumstances around the incident are underway. Whilst in attendance, potential Covid breaches were identified.

"The force’s licensing department is now working alongside Stoke-on-Trent City Council to ensure appropriate action is taken."

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