Eastwood pub owners have said they will not hesitate to take action if the new government rules on social gatherings are not adhered to.
David and Kathryn Boam, who run the Dog & Parrot micropub, have put out a hard-hitting warning to customers reinforcing yesterday's announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that groups of no more than six can gather indoors or outdoors from Monday, September 14.
They said: "We love you all but the health and safety of customers and staff will always be our first concern, so we will not hesitate to take action if the rules are not followed, no matter how heavy our hearts are.
"The new government rules allow those in a single household or bubble to meet in groups of a maximum of 6, so we must restrict table sizes to 6 for the time being. We understand that this may seem unfair. We appreciated your support and understanding on this."
The pub, in Nottingham Road, is located Broxtowe, the borough which has seen the highest number of new Covid-19 cases outside the city.
In the week up to September 6, 42 new cases were registered - up from 17 the previous week. The borough was mentioned as an area of concern following localised flare-ups, including 12 people testing positive after a graduation party in the annex of the Royal Oak in Main Road, Watnall.
Under the latest precautionary measures, pubs and restaurants must by law collect customer details for contact tracing.
In a Facebook announcement, the Dog & Parrot owners said: "This changes from voluntary to compulsory, so we will not be allowed to serve you unless contact details have been completed. Please be assured that your details will never be used for any purpose other than Covid-19 contact tracing, and will only be stored for 21 days.
"The Dog & Parrot is already set up to meet the new rules, so we will continue as we are. While we will do everything in our power to keep the authentic D&P atmosphere, the rules must be followed, to ensure everyone’s safety."
The rules include not visiting the pub if suffering from any Covid symptoms, using hand sanitiser, staying seated unless using the toilet or smoking area, and not going up to the bar as table service is in operation.
Ending on a lighter note, they pointed out: "We still reserve the right to give meaningful looks to anyone staring dreamingly at their drinks, rather than actually drinking them."
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The couple, who have reached the finals of the Great British Pub Awards, an annual national celebration of the pub industry, have been commended for making sure the most vulnerable members of the community had someone to turn to during lockdown.
To bolster mental wellbeing they set up video chat groups to those who needed it most and for those without the internet they telephoned them regularly for a chat.
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