Yorkshire pub bans anyone under 25 because of coronavirus 1 month ago

Yorkshire pub bans anyone under 25 because of coronavirus

A pub in North Yorkshire has banned anyone 25 years old and under from drinking there after the rise in coronavirus cases amongst young people.

The Oddfellows Arms in Sherburn in Elmet said the move was "in light of recent events".

It comes after the maximum size of social gatherings allowed in England was reduced to just six people.

"In light of recent events and an escalation in cases, we are now not serving anyone in the age bracket 18-25," pub owner Maggie Holmes told The York Press.

"Before anyone tries to say we are wrong, think of the implications for us as a business."

"This is not where we want to be. We would rather have a safe environment than a place which is teetering on the risk of closure. Please see that we are acting for everyone's best intentions at this time.

"We have some of the most amazing well-mannered, well-behaved customers in that age bracket, but we simply cannot take the risk. As soon as we feel safe to do so we will ensure everyone knows. Thank you for understanding."

A third of all Covid cases in England last week were in people aged 20 to 29.

Earlier this week, UK health secretary Matt Hancock told young people on Radio 1 Newsbeat: "Don't kill your gran by catching coronavirus and then passing it on.

"That second wave [in France and Spain] started largely amongst younger people, it then spreads.

"And now we're seeing a sharp rise in the number of people in hospital and the number of people who are dying in those countries.

"That hasn't happened here yet. And if people follow the social distancing rules, then we can stop that from happening here."

However, many have said that young people are being made a scapegoat for the rise in cases, as the government has encouraged to return to work and eat out.