At the beginning of July, UK pubs reopened at the end of lockdown allowing costumer to enjoy their pints after months of abstinence.
Pub operators are though struggling to enforce social distancing rules, often and willingly ignored by euphoric attendants.
Must be said that it’s difficult to eradicate established habits. Today, according to distancing rules, serving a drink at the counter is not allowed, but only at the table, and for pub-goers it is a disconcerting change.
So Jonny McFadden, the owner of the Star Inn in St Just, in Cornwall, has adopted a drastic solution: he has installed an electric fence in front of the counter, like the one used in cow fields, to make sure that pub customers are one meter away from the staff.
Stickers on the ground, Plexiglas barriers and strict government regulations haven’t worked up to now. Maybe the electric fence will.
McFadden told the Local Cornwall Live newspaper that since he installed the electrified wire, customers are much more careful to comply with the new regulations. Although, he admitted, the fence has so far always remained off, the sign that signals the danger and threat of shock (which would actually be very light) is more than enough to bring the most undisciplined into line. "But in case you can turn it on," he added.
If you ignore social distancing rules at The Star Inn in St Just then you're in for a shock...literally https://t.co/QiBb2EqkzH
— Cornwall LIVE (@CornwallLive) July 12, 2020
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UK pub uses electric fence to enforce social distancing
The Star Inn, Fore Street, St Just, Penzance, UK