Onlookers said they were “appalled” when they witnessed a crowd not practicing social distancing at a beer garden outside The Pump House in Bristol, England.

Onlookers said they were “appalled” when they witnessed a crowd not practicing social distancing at a beer garden outside The Pump House in Bristol, England.

Crowded Pub Beer Garden in Bristol Draws Ire of Residents

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Onlookers said they were “appalled” to see people gathering in a Hotwells beer garden despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Groups could be seen sitting at tables, some of them with drinks, outside Merchants Road pub The Pump House at 12:05 PM on Bank Holiday Friday, May 8th.

A group of people that didn’t practice social distancing gather in the beer garden outside The Pump House, angering onlookers

A group of people that didn’t practice social distancing gather in the beer garden outside The Pump House, angering onlookers

Landlord Dan Obern told Bristol Live he moved the people on as soon as he saw them.

A witness said: “As my partner and I were out for our weekly cycle ride around the city we expected to see a few people pushing the boundaries of the lockdown measures.

“We were astounded and appalled by what we saw at The Pump House, almost 30 people selfishly enjoying the weather, meeting friends and having a drink as if we are back to normal.”

Obern says the pub reopened on Friday as a shop selling bottles of beer, fresh fruit, vegetables and meat – but did not allow the use of its beer garden.

It comes after concerns over crowds gathered on Friday evening outside the Harbourside’s Broken Dock Kitchen & Bar and the Oldbury Court Inn in Gill Avenue.

A group of people that didn’t practice social distancing gather in the beer garden outside The Pump House, angering onlookers

A group of people that didn’t practice social distancing gather in the beer garden outside The Pump House, angering onlookers

Obern added: “There were people drinking outside the Pump House. We were inside the shop working – we didn’t see.

“We were selling bottles but not open ones. We looked outside, it was busy, and we moved them on straight away.

“Two police officers came down. They asked us to give them a call if it happened again and they would move people on next time.

“The beer garden was not open. People were just sitting outside because we opened the shop yesterday and it was a nice day.”

Asked if the Pump House would close off its beer garden, Obern said it would.

He said: “It is a concern for us. It’s all dealt with now. We are only letting two people into our shop at a time.

“We’d been closed for seven weeks and we just reopened as a shop. There is only so much people can get from the Spar around the corner.

“We’ve been delivering necessities to elderly people stuck at home as well. We’ve been doing good. I’ve not had a day off in eight weeks.”

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