A second UK pub has introduced a ban for under-25s over claims the young drinkers are “refusing to adhere to any social distancing rules”.
The Old Red Lion in Whinmoor, east Leeds announced on Facebook that it would be implementing an over-25s only policy from Friday to Sunday.
“This is due to the Government restrictions which came into effect today,” wrote the pub on social media.
“We have found some of the younger age drinkers are refusing to adhere to any social distancing rules and it’s not fair by putting both our staff and our regular customers as well as our business at risk.
“Until these current Government restrictions are lifted we are sorry but we must put safety of others first.”
“We’re all in this together, we don’t want anyone to get poorly, we want to get back to normal as soon as we can,” said the landlady who wishes to remain anonymous.
“I just don’t want to keep repeating myself (asking young people to social distance). It’s very stressful.
“We want to do it for a short time, to be honest. We are going to review it in a week or two.”
It comes after The Oddfellows Arms in Sherburn, near York, made a similar announcement on Facebook.
“This is not where we want to be,” said the north Yorkshire pub as it revealed it would temporarily ban under-25s.
“We would rather have a safe environment than a place which is teetering on the risk of closure. Please see that we are acting for everyone’s best intentions at this time.”
The pub’s owner later removed the following an angry flurry of complaints.
Pub owner Maggie Holmes later told the Independent she had received abusive messages and phone calls, including a death threat.