Pub closes over ‘unpleasant’ lockdown-flouters travelling in from Tiers 3 and 4

A pub has shut its doors after visitors from coronavirus lockdown Tiers 3 and 4 were "actively making life unpleasant" for staff.

The King Arthur's Arms Inn, in Tintagel, Cornwall – which is in Tier 2 and is therefore allowed pub customers inside – claimed people from higher tiers are ignoring the stay-at-home advice from the government and are being rude when refused entry.

Other pubs in the village are also believed to have slammed their doors shut, Cornwall Live reports.

In a statement posted online, the owners of the four-star B&B and pub said: "We are now closed for the near future but we will be keeping this action under review.

"This decision is in a large part due to some visitors from tiers 3 and 4 postcodes failing to adhere to the stay at home rules and guidance and are, when they are denied entry, actively making life unpleasant for our staff who have been diligently maintaining our strict Covid-19 precautions.

"To those who have ignored the government rules/advice and have actually found accommodation in our area, we can but hope that you are not a part of the army of silent coronavirus carriers that do not have symptoms so by your very presence put our village at peril."

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Pubs in Tier 3 areas are only allowed to serve takeaway and click and collect drinks, while those in Tier 4 are shut completely.

A study revealed that more than nine out of 10 pubs have been closed by Covid-19 restrictions, with the likelihood being that many will never reopen again.

Boozers are missing out on billions of pounds in revenue over the traditionally busy Christmas period.

There have previously been reports that people are travelling from areas with high infection rates to those with lower numbers to enjoy drinks in a pub.

A popular boozer near Bodmin, Old Inn Pub and Restaurant, has also temporarily shut its doors with immediate effect after management said people trying to "sidestep" the restrictions will only keep Cornwall in Tier 2 for longer.

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