A pub in West Lancashire has added extra restrictions for drinkers after customers continued to flout social distancing measures.

The Boathouse in Appley Bridge announced today (July 11) that all pub goers under the age of 21 would not be allowed in the establishment after 8pm.

They say that this is due to an 'unprecedented' volume of younger punters not adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Despite pubs, bars and restaurants reopening last week, customers must keep a one metre distance from one another.

A spokesperson for the pub said: "Following a review of our first week of being reopen, we have changed our age restriction to 21 and over from 8pm.

"Due to an unprecedented increase in younger drinkers not adhering to social distancing we have made the decision to increase our drinking age to 21 and over from 8pm Monday to Sunday.

"We have a duty to our customers and our staff to keep them safe.

"Despite asking the younger patrons to sit in smaller groups it is impossible to control.

"This decision has not been made lightly and we apologise to those affected. We will review our decision periodically.

"We will still allow under 21’s to come and enjoy our venue up until 8pm."

The pub has expressed hope that customers will understand their decision and back them.

They say it will help fight COIVID-19 as well as ensuring that residents enjoy a more peaceful summer.

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