Sheffield pub will remain shut as new rules make it 'virtually impossible to remain viable'

A Sheffield pub says it has no plans to reopen as it says the restrictions in place make it ‘virtually impossible’ to do so safely and profitably.

By Robert Cumber
Friday, 26th June 2020, 8:31 am
Updated Friday, 26th June 2020, 8:32 am

Pubs and restaurants have been given the green light to welcome back customers from next Saturday, July 4.

But they must have measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, set out in a 43-page Government document, which include providing table service indoors, ensuring people stay at least one metre apart and keeping visitors’ contact details in case of a coronavirus outbreak.

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The Sheaf View pub in Heeley, Sheffield, has said it will not reopen on July 4 (pic: Google)

The Sheaf View in Heeley said: “We are sorry but the guidelines put in place by the Government to enable us to open safely during the coronavirus pandemic have made it virtually impossible for any of our pubs to open and to remain viable.

“To be able to provide table service, register customers, monitor entrances and queuing, control social distancing inside and out, serve beer, sanitise effectively and regularly and generally keep our customers and staff Covid-safe would take more staff per shift than our reduced takings could pay for.

“Additionally, the increased pressure on staff being responsible for the day-to-day day policing of the above, in a situation which may be made more difficult by a minority who, after a couple of pints, forget the rules, is something we are not willing to subject them to.

“We will therefore make sure we are ready to open and will monitor the situation. If anything changes, we will let you know. We will be continuing the take-out service.”