Pub bans everyone under 25 as crowds cram inside to sing and dance on tables

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A rowdy group of drinkers flouted coronavirus rules after cramming into a pub where they danced on top of tables and refused to stop singing.

Footage shows the revellers jeering, waving their arms around and failing to social distance inside the The Prince of Wales in Moseley, Birmingham, on Saturday night.

The noisy customers, who were ‘not regulars’, flocked to the venue as staff tried to close up for the night at 11.30pm.

A second clip, taken and shared on Snapchat, shows the moment they refused to stop singing in an incident which the pub said took 10 minutes to resolve, BirminghamLive reports.

The video was captioned with a 11.39pm timestamp.

The pub has now banned drinkers under the age of 25 and anyone wearing trainers.

The new admissions policy will start from next Friday, July 31 and the pub has apologised to its neighbours and other customers as it branded the group ‘selfish’.

The strict crackdown will also see the introduction of bag searches at the door and the last admission brought forward to 10pm.

Manager Keith Marsden has stressed that the pub’s customers were not involved in a subsequent fight which took place in the street after closing time.

He said: “The new door policy that we announced today was not in response to a violent incident. There was no violence in the pub or indeed outside the pub last night.

“We always steward guests leaving the Prince to try and prevent such incidents. Our new door policy is not in response to the incident.

“Last night as we closed the pub, we had a group of customers, who are not regular customers, start singing.

“It took 10 minutes before we could get them to stop. At this late hour it was loud. We apologise to customers and neighbours.

“Any customer that does not respect the pub, our neighbours, fellow customers and our staff is not welcome.”

However the new rules have sparked criticism from regular customers who are either under the age of 25 or wear trainers as they will no longer be welcome inside the boozer due to the new door policy.

Amelia Iris said: “Moved to Moseley as I loved the laid back atmosphere of it and how the pubs reflected that? Myself 23 and my 24 year old friend came for your reopening weekend enjoyed a few drinks and left and now we’re not welcome because of our age? I think this is a risky move.”

Jake Calcutt added: “Is the ‘no-one under 25’ rule a typo? Seems strange to limit your business at a time when surely they need all the custom they can get.”

Hazel Dawkins wrote: “No under 25’s is appalling. Yes some cause problems but so do over 25’s too. Stop stereotyping and rethink. Yes protect your business by all means but not like this.”

Soph Sophia pitched in: “That dress code would rule out most of your most loyal clientele over the years.”

Claire Powell commented: “No trainers? Ridiculous. That rules myself and my husband out from coming and supporting your business. Knee jerk ridiculous decision that will alienate a huge section of your

clientele.”

Michelle Calloway added: “So trainers and hats make people thugs? Converse and a beanie or pork pie hat and you’re not allowed in? I know that means we’ll never be drinking there again unfortunately.

“You are ruling out a massive section of your target customers right there.”

The footage has emerged as drinkers who visited a pub during an eight-day period have been urged to self-isolate after it was linked to 16 coronavirus cases.

The Downsman pub in Crawley, West Sussex, was force to close its doors on July 19 after two staff members tested positive for the virus.

But now there have been 16 cases linked to the drinking establishment.

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