Health chiefs have warned anyone who was in the boozer on July 16, 17 and 18 to get tested as an emergency pop up station was erected in a nearby car park.
Drinkers who were in the Crown and Anchor in Staffordshire on July 16, 17 and 18 face an anxious wait after at least 10 positive tests were reported in recent days.
Hundreds of people were filmed appearing to flout social distancing measures at a Staffordshire pub. At least 10 positive Covid-19 tests have been reported and now hundreds are waiting for results
And others said being inside the pub was “like any other Saturday night” despite there supposedly being rules in place to keep punters safe.
Punters who drank in a pub at the centre of coronavirus outbreak said “it was like any other Saturday night” as the army is drafted in to deal with the fallout of the spike.
Customers at the pub have claimed that there were hundreds of people drinking in the beer garden and that the bouncer was “letting everybody in”, the Stoke Sentinel reported.
But hundreds of people were seen queuing at test point yesterday following the outbreak at the pub – which caused headlines after a clip went viral showing drinkers “packed in like sardines.”
This would mean limiting the number of customers in order to keep a safe space between households.
Boris Johnson allowed pubs and restaurants to reopen as long as they stuck to social distancing measures and introduced safety protocols.
Erin, from Newcastle, told the Stoke Sentinel: “It was horrible in there, we left early because it was quite difficult to social distance. The pub didn’t take our details and there was no bouncer on the door limiting the numbers of people inside the pub until 9pm.
Those queueing included Erin Grocott and Maisie Sprigg who were drinking in the Crown and Anchor on Saturday July 18.
The army was drafted in to help organise the huge operation as long queues stretched down the street.
“There was no table service, people were just ordering at the bar. It was like a normal Saturday night, it was strange.
“It was a lot different to the other pubs in Stone that night. Inside Wetherspoons everything was really organised, they were doing track and trace and took our phone numbers.”
Tyler, aged 19, from Milton, said: “We were there for my birthday.
Tyler Savage and Luke Walsh visited the beer garden at the Crown and Anchor on Saturday night and say it was ‘packed’ with 400 people.
“It was packed, there was about 400 people in the outside area. There were no restrictions and they didn’t take our details.