Pub criticised for ‘dangerous’ crowds ignoring social distancing

A pub has been criticised after images emerged appearing to shows Saturday night boozers flouting social distancing rules.

Images show throngs of patrons inside the Crown Inn pub, in Curzon Street, Derby, just days before the UK implements its "Rule of Six" in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The photos show people engaging in "dangerous" behaviour, according to one witness.

The man who took the photos, who asked to remain anonymous, said he saw different groups of people dancing with each other in the crowded pub with no regard for social distancing rules, DerbyshireLive reports.

"The pub looks quite small from the front but it's actually rather large," he said.

"But inside they were letting people do anything they want – it's dangerous. Before lockdown I used to go there at least once every few weeks, but I don't think I'll be going back after that.

"It was selfish behaviour from people – young people are driving the increase in this virus by doing this."

The pictures were taken on Sunday, August 30.

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A manager at the pub, who asked not to be named, said the situation arose after more people than expected arrived on the night.

"On Bank Holiday Sunday we were not prepared and didn't expect the number of patrons that attended our venue," they said.

"We have since lowered the number people in the venue and added more staff on weekends so we can enforce more social distancing with our patrons.

"We have also introduced a complete no-dancing policy inside the venue or in our beer garden which is where it looks like some of these images were taken.

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"We have security and stewards around the venue ensuring people are not dancing."

The manager added they have numerous measures in place in the pub following government guidance.

"I would also like to add we have always followed the track and trace system which every group that enters has to leave contact details," they said.

"We also have sanitiser stations around the pub, protective screens across the bar with a no-standing/drinking rule at the bar and also have a one-in one-out system at the venue.

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"We have always tried our best to ensure the staffs' and customers' safety whilst in the pub, which is a lot more than most pubs do."

A spokesperson for Derby City Council confirmed it is looking into what happened.

"Derby City Council has worked closely with pubs and other businesses during the reopening period," he said.

"We've sent out information packs, and contacted businesses by telephone to discuss their risk assessments and Covid controls.

"We've also been working with the police to monitor pubs – police have the power to fine individuals for breaches of guidelines and the council has the authority to deal with the premises for breaches in health and safety/public health regulations.

"Should we receive complaints then we will investigate. So far, businesses have generally responded well to the help and advice we have given.

"We are aware of the complaint made at the Crown Inn Pub and it’s currently being investigated."

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