The photos show people engaging in “dangerous” behaviour, according to one witness.
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.
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
A pub has been criticised after images emerged appearing to shows Saturday night boozers flouting social distancing rules.
“The pub looks quite small from the front but it’s actually rather large,” he said.
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 pictures were taken on Sunday, August 30.
“It was selfish behaviour from people – young people are driving the increase in this virus by doing this.”
“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.
A manager at the pub, who asked not to be named, said the situation arose after more people than expected arrived on the night.
“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.
“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.
“On Bank Holiday Sunday we were not prepared and didn’t expect the number of patrons that attended our venue,” they said.
“We have security and stewards around the venue ensuring people are not dancing.”
“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.
The manager added they have numerous measures in place in the pub following government guidance.