A pub in Staffordshire has closed its doors after several customers all tested positive for coronavirus.
The Crown and Anchor in Stone confirmed they would be closing so that they could "review our risk assessment in order to deal with the difficulty that we faced with social distancing”.
Ayrron Robinson, who lives opposite the pub, said it had been “really busy every weekend” since reopening on 9 July, following months of lockdown.
He added to the Stoke Sentinel: “Last Saturday, I'd say there were 100 to 200 people there. They were like sardines. It's basically gone back to how it was before lockdown.”
In a Facebook post, the pub said it had an “overwhelming amount of people visiting” the establishment on Saturday.
The pub added: “We are grateful and appreciative of all our customers and want to make it a safe environment for you when we reopen next weekend.”
Ten people tested positive for coronavirus – including one who also held a private gathering – prompting health officials to urge anyone who attended the pub between 16-18 July to get tested.
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Dr Richard Harling, director of public health at Staffordshire County Council warned: ”People who caught it at the pub could still be infectious.
He said that "not very much" is known about the private gathering attended by one of the pub’s customers.
However, Harling added: “This appears to largely be a young adult demographic, young adults in the 18-21 age bracket.”
Staffordshire County Council said that a walk-in testing centre would be available on Crown Street car park in Stone on Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 5pm.
Yahoo News UK has contacted the Crown and Anchor for a comment.