The Prince of Wales in Moseley, Birmingham, said its new admissions policy was a direct result of a group of customers packing into the pub, climbing onto tables and refusing to stop singing. A spokesman for the pub said no one under 25 would be admitted and warned all customers would be asked to produce a valid photo ID.
Protect your business by all means but not like this
But the response has been criticised by customers affected by the ban who expressed their frustration on the Prince of Wales’s Facebook page.
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 said: “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 said: “No under 25s is appalling. Yes, some cause problems but so do over 25s too. Stop stereotyping and rethink. Yes, protect your business by all means but not like this.”
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The move comes as health chiefs warned coronavirus cases were still rising in Britain with the rolling daily average number of new cases 15 percent higher than it was three weeks ago.
The latest figures show another 685 people have tested positive for the life-threatening virus, taking the official size of the outbreak now sits at over to more than 300,000 cases.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases is now 678 — higher than the 590 recorded on July 6 and the highest since July 4 when the number was 711.
The Prince of Wales in Birmingham has banned under-25s
Globally, the number of cases of coronavirus has doubled in the last six weeks.
World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned the pandemic “continues to accelerate”.
More than 16.5 million cases have been reported to WHO and the global death toll has risen to almost 654,000.
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19 said “our new normal includes physical distancing from others”.
She said: “What we’re going to have to figure out, and I think what we’re all going to have to figure out together, is what our new normal looks like.
“Our new normal includes physical distancing from others, our new normal can include wearing masks where appropriate, our new normal includes us knowing where this virus is each and every day – where we live, where we work, where we want to travel.
“And that’s going to be part of how we move forward with this – finding the balance between keeping the virus transmission low and resuming normal activities.”