Ross-on-Wye bar will not re-open this weekend due to concerns over social distancing. 

The owner of The Tap House posted on Facebook saying:

“I was not going to post any more about not reopening tomorrow, but after being berated in a car park yesterday by a fairly regular customer I think I need to explain the reasoning behind the decision.

As a micro pub we do not have enough room inside for social distancing to make opening viable.

We may be able to make use of other available outside area but if it rains what then?

As we are primarily a real ale (cask) venue, opened casks are out of condition in 4-5 days.

We are concerned for the health of our customers and ourselves.

It seems to early to us to lift these restrictions, especially given the recent new lock down in Leicestershire.

Looking at social media it seems that the majority of venues opening are owned by large pub companies and not independent owner/operators, possibly profit over safety.

A large quantity of keg beers have re-entered the trade with new best before dates on them.

We will continue to operate as an off-licence and thank everyone for their support with this.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to update our position to reflect this.”