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Pub shut down after police find customers mingling with other households


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A Bedlington pub has been shut after police caught households mingling and customers without their masks in breach of coronavirus guidelines.

Officers claimed there was no social distancing inside The Wharton Arms during a spot check on Saturday, October 3.

The pub, in Burdon Terrace, must now potentially close for a fortnight as punishment for the breaches.

It is the first pub in Northumberland to be closed for breaching Covid-19 regulations.

All North East venues are currently subject to tough new laws aimed at c urbing the region's rocketing infection rate.

Northumbria Police say multiple breaches at the pub also included not displaying a Track and Trace QR code, or enforcing a one-way system.

View the full article at The Chronicle

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