Punters slammed for leaving fake details as Covid cases recorded by pubs

Landlords slam ‘totally unacceptable’ behaviour

12/8/20: Story courtesy of Derby Telegraph www.derbytelegraph.co.uk

Pub landlords in a Derbyshire town have criticised a “small minority” of punters who found it “amusing” to provide incorrect tracking information.

The Ilkeston Pubwatch scheme made the accusations after Derbyshire County Council confirmed that four people who visited some of the town’s pubs on either Friday, July 31, or Saturday, August 1, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Those running the scheme say it has been difficult to alert every customer as some had deliberately left false details.

A statement from the group says: “Once the relevant licensees were informed about the affected people then immediate steps were taken by the licensees to inform the relevant authorities.

“The track and trace information was sent to the NHS and the pubs were all deep cleaned and sanitised. These premises were deemed suitable to reopen for the general public soon after.

“Whilst it seems a number of people have taken to social media to criticise several of our premises within the town for their safety procedures, we can assure you that all our members are following the correct track and trace and social distancing measures to the best of their abilities.

“The biggest problem we are encountering is with a small minority of patrons who find it amusing to provide incorrect tracking information, refusing to abide by social distancing rules and even engaging in totally unacceptable anti-social behaviour.”

The four people who have tested positive for Covid-19 all visited at least one of three pubs around the town’s Market Place: The Market Inn, The Observatory (Wetherspoons) and The Harrow.

The county council says steps had been taken by all three venues to collect customer contact details for the NHS Test and Trace programme.

But when Public Health England staff began to look at the contact details for customers who visited The Market Inn, it became clear that despite the best efforts of the landlord, a significant number of customers had left incomplete or illegible details making contact tracing almost impossible.

A spokesperson for the Ilkeston Pubwatch scheme said some customers had indulged in “totally unacceptable” anti-social behaviour.

The scheme is self-funded through subscription payments from pubs. Some pubs are required to join as conditions of their licence and others sign up voluntarily.