A pub has banned drinkers wearing sportswear in its beer garden in a move that has been dubbed 'bonkers' by furious punters.

Last Monday pubs were given the green light to reopen as part of the Government's easing of the lockdown.

However drinkers can only be served outside in groups of no more than six people from two households.

The new additional rule by the Red Lion in Norton, Stockton-on-tees, has infuriated customers.

The pub announced on its Facebook that certain items of clothing and footwear would not be permitted, Teesside Live reports.

The pub made the announcement on Facebook
The pub made the announcement on Facebook

The post said: "We no longer allow any sportswear in the pub and in the beer garden, eg sports caps, sports shorts, tracksuit bottoms and tops, gilet jackets, bomber jackets, sports trainers eg Air Max etc.

"This does not mean all trainers."

The Red Lion is no stranger to introducing controversial dress policies as it banned workwear, tracksuits, baseball caps and sportswear after 7pm in 2018.

However the new rule has sparked fury among drinkers with hundreds voicing their thoughts on the ban.

One said: "Seems a bit overboard - hardly the place to be wearing your Sunday best! Next up Aldi will require a dress code."

The policy has had a mixed response
The dress policy has had a mixed response (stock image)

Another commented: "Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!! It's fine for all these pubs to be sniffy about dress codes whilst they have queues of people wanting to book tables, but eventually the industry will return to 'normal' and those gilet-wearing troublemakers will have found somewhere else to drink."

A third responded: "This is discrimination at its best, absolutely bonkers. The Red Lion was a place were you can go and not be judged by what your wearing... you could go in, have a laugh, a sing song and no one would care if you had the latest designer handbag or shoes of whatever. They will ruin the place if these rules stick.."

"Who’s the doorman, Gok Wan??", one wrote.

Another quipped: "So it's a nudist pub?! At last!"

A third person joked: I"s a cloak and a ruffle shirt acceptable just asking for local pimp!"

But not all punters disagreed with the new rules and many came to the defence of the pub.

One person said: "Nothing wrong with a dress code; nightclubs have them. About time, to be honest."

"Back to the 90s, this rule was 99% of places you went. It worked, can't fault you," another person commented.

A third person gave the new rules the thumbs up.

They said: "Seems very anti-chav - that’s the core customer base for you wiped out. I’m not opposed."

The Mirror has contacted the pub for comment.