British Pub Uses Electric Fence To Enforce Social Distancing Rules

Jonny McFadden, who runs the Star Inn in St Just, Cornwall, told CNN he installed the electric fence in front of his bar for social distancing purposes. "It's a very small pub, the first and last rural pub in Cornwall". McFadden said he opened the pub after the lockdown last Friday and the idea came up as he was getting everything ready. "to protect staff and myself and my customers you have to put in the meter rule." McFadden said he wanted "to put some rope, or chain and I couldn't find anything. I tought this is not going to keep them (the customers) back". He then decided to put an electric fence and see "what that does". "It's not on but it's got the desired effect that everyody thinks it's on and they keep well away from it. It's the fear factor. It's working very well". When asked how the customers reacted, he said: "it was quite comical. We're in a rural area so everybody knows what an electric fence is. I got a little sign too on it - 'electric, danger."

The Star Inn in Cornwall put down yellow tape on the floor, and then the owner added an electric fence. He told CNN it seems more effective than rope or a chain. He says the fence is not turned on.

If you drink at a British pub in Cornwall, you will keep your distance. The Star Inn put yellow tape on the floor.

You’re supposed to keep arm’s length from the bar and bartender, and then the owner added an electric fence.

Jonny McFadden, who runs the Star Inn in St Just, Cornwall, told CNN that he installed the electric fence in front of the pub’s bar for social distancing purposes.”It’s a very small pub, the first and last rural pub in Cornwall,” he said.

England’s pubs were allowed to reopen their doors on July 4, after being closed during the UK lockdown. Social distancing remains mandatory, and customers must hand over their contact details before they enter to help with coronavirus tracking if needed.

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McFadden told CNN that the idea to use the fence came as he was preparing to reopen the pub.”To protect staff and myself and my customers you have to put in the meter [distancing] rule,” he said.

McFadden said he wanted “to put some rope, or chain” to make sure customers kept back from staff at the bar but couldn’t find suitable equipment.”I thought, this is not going to keep them [the customers] back,” he said. So instead, he opted for the fence to see “what that does.

“The fence is not usually turned on, but the sight of it has managed to deter some customers from crowding near staff.”It’s not on but it’s got the desired effect that everybody thinks it’s on and they keep well away from it. It’s the fear factor. It’s working very well,” McFadden said.

At least three pubs in England have had to close their doors again, after customers tested positive for coronavirus.

Asked how customers reacted to the innovation, McFadden said: “It was quite comical. We’re in a rural area so everybody knows what an electric fence is. I got a little sign too on it – ‘electric, danger.”

Source: CNN

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