Pub blames Covid ‘rule-breaking d**kheads’ as it’s forced to close

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The entrance to The Noah's the letter the pub stuck on its front door. The Noah's, in  Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, has lashed out at customers for not following coronavirus restrictions and at keyboard warriors who complained about the pub and got it closed down.

The Noah’s was forced to shut after people complained about its enforcement of coronavirus restrictions (Pictures: MEN Media)

A pub has lashed out at ‘rule-breaking d***heads’ and ‘keyboard warriors’ after it was shut because customers kept breaking coronavirus restrictions.

Like other hospitality venues, The Noah’s has had to go months without making any money during lockdown.

It was able to serve customers again from April 12 but this was short-lived because of ‘rule-breaking d***heads’.

Punters ‘think it’s okay 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)’, the pub claimed.

Locals complained on social media about ‘uncontrollable mayhem outside’, ‘crowds standing with drinks in their hands without masks’, ‘letting too many people into the beer garden’ and ‘people being served while standing’. 

On top of this, a customer reported a ‘massive fight’ at the venue last weekend and it was forced to shut on Friday. 

The pub, in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, left a note on its front door saying: ‘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. Your actions have cost the jobs of 15 people and closed a well-established local business.

‘But we sincerely thank our regulars, good friends and those loyal, respectful customers that have supported us following the rules and being awesome. We will be back.’ 

The Noah's entrance. The Noah's, in  Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, has lashed out at customers for not following coronavirus restrictions and at keyboard warriors who complained about the pub and got it closed down.

The Noah’s had tried to prevent customers from getting out of hand by closing earlier than their midnight licence allowed (Picture: MEN Media)

The note left on the front door of The Noah's. The Noah's, in  Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, has lashed out at customers for not following coronavirus restrictions and at keyboard warriors who complained about the pub and got it closed down.

The pub left a note on its front door taking a swipe at rule-breakers and ‘keyboard warriors’ (Picture: MEN Media)

The location, which has a licence to serve alcohol until midnight, had tried to prevent customers getting out of hand by closing earlier at 10pm. 

On one occasion, people were behaving so badly the pub closed its doors at 8pm. 

But people continued to break coronavirus rules and staff struggled to manage them. 

Responding to one ‘keyboard warrior’ The Noah’s Facebook account posted: ‘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. 

‘As for any pub that decided to open with the restricted rules in these uncertain times this is as new to us as it is to customers.

‘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.’ 

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