Pub bans under-25s after young people are blamed for rise in cases

A pub has barred everyone under the age of 25 after young people have been blamed for an increase in coronavirus cases.

The Oddfellows Arms in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire said it will refuse to serve those aged between 18 and 25 after the Government announced stricter limits on social gatherings.

The pub wrote in a Facebook post: ‘In light of recent events and an escalation in cases we are now not serving anyone in the age bracket 18-25.

‘We have thought about this very carefully, we will continue to try and ensure our community, customers and staff are all kept safe in these difficult times.

‘Before anyone tries to say we are wrong, think of the implications for us as a business.

‘This is not where we want to be. 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.

‘We have some of the most amazing well mannered, well behaved customers in
that age bracket, but we simply cannot take the risk.

‘As soon as we feel safe to do so we will ensure everyone knows. Thank you
for understanding.’

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced ‘the rule of six’ at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

This makes gatherings of more than six people illegal in England from Monday.

Households and support bubbles of more than six people will be exempt from the restrictions, while weddings and funerals will be allowed to go ahead with no more than 30 people in attendance.

Babies and children will also be counted among the people allowed at a gathering.

Mr Johnson also stated that places of worship, gyms, restaurants and hospitality venues are allowed to have more than six people inside the building in total, but each individual group must be no larger than six.

He emphasised that in order to ‘beat the virus’, everyone should be limiting their social contact with other households ‘as much as possible’.

This will ‘simplify and strengthen’ the rules for everyone to follow and help police officers to enforce the restrictions, the PM added.

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