The smallest pub in the world was reopened yesterday with large queues, but players were not allowed inside due to the rules of social removal.
The Signal Box Inn, located in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, was created from a Victorian signal booth and, as it measures only 2.4 m by 2.4 m, it can “comfortably” accommodate only six people.
But while owner Alan Cowood, 66, was able to reopen the pub on Saturday, customers were limited to the newly renovated beer garden. The staff was authorized inside.
“We have a staff member on each side of the bar – one serving and one putting drinks on a table for customers to collect, and all payments are made by card,” said Alan.
The businessman had hoped for good weather so that people could enjoy their drinks. Fortunately, the rain has remained far away.
Alan added: “It’s nice to be back and the weather has been good. We had a few showers, but our customers queued and the beer garden is full.”
Customers formed socially spaced queues for the bar and toilets, while the staff worked masks or visors.
The pub, which was originally a train signal booth before being used as a garden shed, once managed to squeeze 35 rugby players.
The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, located on the same site, has also been reopened for happy families. The railway, which has been in operation since 1948, serves approximately 2 miles of coastal land in Lincolnshire.
Yesterday bars and restaurants were able to reopen across England. “
However, drinkers crowded in pubs and bars in central London – with photos showing the streets of Soho rammed into “Super Saturday” while some revelers seemed to be ignoring the rules of social distance.
The scenes raised alarm, amid concerns that the R-rate in London has returned above 1.
Scientists asked the public to stick to the rules of social removal and to stay two meters away where possible, but there was little sign that this was happening.
A man who crossed the busy streets yesterday afternoon told Mirror Online: “Walking down old Compton Street was in the mood to walk through a petri dish.
“And this was around 4:30 pm. There aren’t many possibilities to socialize remotely, even just walking on the street.”