Landlord admits ‘regret’ after pub linked to coronavirus outbreak

The landlord of a pub in Staffordshire that has been linked to a coronavirus outbreak has admitted that he was “just not strong enough” to ensure that social distancing measures were implemented.

Custodio Pinto, who operates the crown and anchor at Stone near Stoke-on-Trent, apologized on Facebook after at least 19 confirmed cases of Covid-19 had been linked to the venue.

Mr. Pinto wrote: “First of all, I would like to express my deepest regret for all the anguish, disturbances and sadness that the events in the Crown and Anchor have caused to so many in the past month.

“I have been living in Stone since 2001, where we raised our three children, and it has always been the greatest pleasure to be part of this fantastic community.

“On July 18, however, I accept that despite detailed preparation according to their guidelines, I was simply not strong enough to enforce the government's Covid 19 security rules.

"I regret that I have complied with these rules with customers."

Around 1,000 people were tested after the health chiefs asked anyone who worked or visited the pub between July 16 and 18 to be examined.

The excuse came when pubs across the UK were advised to ensure compliance with government policies.

Sacha Lord, nocturnal business advisor for Greater Manchester, where there is increased local blackout, criticized venues for non-compliance.

"Over the past week, I've heard of numerous pubs, bars, and restaurants putting pressure on customers, disregarding social distance rules, ignoring contact tracing, and actively persuading mixed groups not to cancel bookings," he said.

"These venues clearly disregard the safety of their customers and employees, and I support our Mayor Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester Police to take action against repeated violations at these venues."

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