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Popular Sheffield city centre pub shuts its doors due to Covid safety fears


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A popular city centre pub in Sheffield has closed its doors over the festive period, due to Covid fears.

The Rutland Arms, in Brown Street, announced on Facebook that the pub was to close at the end of service on Thursday, December 16 until “at least” Monday, December 27.

The pub’s owners said that they “do not believe” they can operate the pub in a way that they are “comfortable with”, due to a rise in coronavirus cases.

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In the post, they said: “We have, throughout the pandemic, maintained that the safety of our staff and customers is our number one priority and that if we are unable to operate The Rutland Arms as the pub we want it to be and you all know and (hopefully) love.

“At the moment, despite the government’s seeming insistence otherwise, we do not believe we can do this in a way we are comfortable with.”

Owners asked that people “understand and respect” the decision, though apologised for any disappointment that their decision causes customers.

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“[…] we feel we must do what we think is best for our staff. We also hope everyone has the best Christmas you possibly can”, they added.

And customers were quick to come out in support of the decision, with people wishing them well and hoping that they are able to, once again, make it “out the other side”.

One customer said: “Hope you guys make it through the other side. Decision must have been hard to make. A brave but wise and thoughtful one. Cheers to you all”.

Another added: “Sorry you have had to take this decision, but it seems a sensible one.”

And one customer told staff that they will be back in the pub as soon as the doors open again.

Do you agree with the pub’s decision? Let us know in the comments!

Written by: Rother Radio News

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