A pub that recently reopened following months of lockdown has closed its doors once again – and the owners have blamed its own customers.
The Noah's, in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, closed on Friday just weeks after opening its outdoor area when coronavirus restrictions eased.
But at least one person has complained on social media about the running of the venue, with one customer reporting that a “massive fight” broke out over the previous weekend.
Now the venue has posted a note to the front door of the pub, announcing the closure and lashing out at the “keyboard warriors” it says forced it to make the decision.
The note read: "Sorry, we are closed until further notice... bye, for now. We apologise for any inconvenience.
"We would like to (sarcastically) thank all the 'd***heads' that did not follow the rules and the keyboard warriors writing nonsense on social media.
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“Your actions have cost the jobs of 15 people and closed a well-established local business.”
The note ended by thanking the “loyal, respectful customers”, before the pub vowed: “We will be back.”
The Noah's – which has a licence until midnight – had already decided to close at 10pm each night following its reopening.
However, on one occasion it shut even earlier at 8pm because customers were not abiding to the rules.
In response to one social media user who questioned the decision to close, the venue said it was following government guidelines but that customers were not respecting the rules.
The Noah's wrote: "Have you ever tried telling your kids to stay seated? Imagine telling 100 kids to stay seated! It’s very similar with people who enjoy going out drinking with friends – they have been sat down for five months waiting to get back into the pub.
"All our staff are here to help our customers follow the guidelines – but not everybody listens.
“They think it’s OK to not wear a mask inside, don’t understand why more than six people on a table is an issue, and some even think they are exempt due to medical issues (yet don’t carry an inhaler). Anyone not adhering to our rules is not served and asked to leave.
They added: "We didn’t have to open. It is frustrating that people forget that times have changed. Therefore you can’t expect all customers to correspond in the correct way.”
Yahoo News UK has contacted The Noah’s for any further comment.
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