First pub to BAN punters who can't prove they've had Covid vaccine

First pub to BAN punters who can't prove they've had Covid vaccine

July 15, 2021

No jab, no drink! Pub becomes first in Britain to BAN punters who can’t prove they’ve had at least one dose of vaccine

  • Philip Cutter is introducing new rule at The Gardeners Arms in Norwich, Norfolk
  • He brought in policy after two of his staff testing positive, forcing him to close 
  • But the landlord has since been subjected to vile abuse from anti-vaxxer group

A pub has become the first in Britain to ban punters who can’t prove they’ve had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Landlord Philip Cutter, 50, has been subjected to vile abuse since an anti-vax forum highlighted his new rule at The Gardeners Arms pub in Norwich, Norfolk.

He decided to bring in the policy after two of his bar staff tested positive for Covid, forcing him to shut for ten days.

In a trend mirroring the national picture, Covid cases are on the rise in Norwich, with 336 people reporting a positive test between July 8 and July 14.

This was an increase of some 89.8 per cent compared to the previous seven days, figures show. 

Nationwide, positive tests rose by nearly a third in a week yesterday to 43,302, with infections now at their highest level since January 15.

And the number of people who died with the virus also increased by 48.5 per cent in a week yesterday to 49, up from 33 last Wednesday. 

More than 35 million adults – around two-thirds of the population – are now fully-vaccinated, but anyone who wants to enter Mr Cutter’s pub will have to show proof of at least one jab from Saturday when he reopens the watering hole. 

The landlord hopes it will safeguard drinkers and his 25 staff, particularly after the rules about masks and social distancing end from next Monday.

Customers will be asked to show their vaccination card or NHS phone app showing proof of vaccination before they are allowed in his pub and his neighbouring café and bar called The Murderers.

Landlord Philip Cutter, 50, has been subjected to vile abuse since an anti-vax forum highlighted his new rule at The Gardeners Arms pub in Norwich, Norfolk

The pub, pictured, will reopen on Saturday but customers must provide proof they’ve had a jab before they can enter

NHS England figures show another 124,905 second doses have been dished out, bringing the total number of Brits jabbed to 35.1million, or 66.6 per cent. Health chiefs will publish updated figures later today that will also include inoculations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Businesses which are only welcoming those who have had the vaccine 

Saga

The travel group became the first in the industry earlier this year to insist on all passengers being jabbed before embarking on their cruises.  

The firm, which mainly caters to over-50s based in the UK, wrote to passengers saying they must be inoculated at least 14 days before travel and take a Covid test at the terminal. 

Bloomsbury

The Harry Potter publisher said last months vaccines will be compulsory for staff returning to its offices in the UK when they reopen.

Bloomsbury said it had taken both ‘medical and scientific advice’.

Pimlico Plumbers

In job adverts posted online, the London-based firm asked applicants to provide proof that they have had at least one dose of the vaccine. 

The home services company, which has spoken to its lawyers, is taking the step to ‘continue offering Londoners a safe and secure service’, said Mr Mullins, 68, who is worth around £70million and paid himself a £6million bonus last year. 

It follows the founder saying in January that he was prepared to spend over £1million on jabs, if they became privately available, to vaccinate his 450-strong workforce.   

Bank of America

The US bank, which has 6,500 staff in the UK, is inviting employees to return to the workplace on Monday – but only if they have had at least one vaccine dose. 

It is understood that a few hundred eligible staff are likely to return.

The bank is preparing to recall most UK staff to the office for the start of September.

Mr Cutter said: ‘I have not heard of any other pubs doing this. It just seems a common sense thing to do to protect my staff and customers and my business going forward.

‘I know nightclubs have been asked to consider looking into some sort of vaccination passport. We are a busy city centre venue so we are not very different.

‘If we were in a position where this Delta variant was not running riot, then we would be looking at things slightly differently.

‘But there is a lot of virus out there and I want to do my best to protect everyone in my building.’

Mr Cutter said that people would only be admitted with proof of having been vaccinated at least two weeks earlier to give them a chance to have developed antibodies.

He added: ‘I have had a lot of support from older customers who are really pleased and say they will feel more comfortable about coming in.

‘However, there are one or two people who are virulently against the idea, and see it is as yet another measure to curtail their freedom.

‘But with around 80% of British adults having been vaccinated, I think that the majority of people are going to be happy with it.

‘We have only been open for around three of the last 15 months, and people are used to queuing up outside to come in and get a table.

‘The only difference will be that they will be asked to show proof of vaccination when they come in the door.

‘From next Monday, they will be able to stand around at the bar without masks if that is what they want to do.

‘I don’t want to turn anyone away, but I have got to make a call to protect my customers, staff and business.

‘All it takes is one person to come in with some semblance of the virus to pass it on.’

Mr Cutter said that closing his pub for ten days had hit his business hard, as he could not open for customers wanting to watch the Euros final and semi final.

Mr Cutter said some anti-vax campaigners had been demanding a boycott of his pub and had been subjecting him to online abuse.

He said: ‘It seems we’ve been put on some anti-vax forum and inundated with some really vile messages from people all over the country.

‘We’ve had personal abuse, people threatening to put our windows through, people hoping we go out of business – it goes on.’

It comes after an anti-vax beauty therapist has said she will refuse to treat anyone who has been vaccinated against coronavirus. 

Sarah McCutcheon, based in Glasgow, wrote in a post on her business’ Instagram page: ‘We will not treat anyone who has had a Covid-19 jab.’  

The owner of Wellness and Wellbeing With Sarah made the comment alongside a post from an Australian hair salon which read: ‘We are not your hairdresser if you have had the Covid vax.’ 

She added: ‘We agree and will not conduct massages or treatments on any vaccinated people…sorry not sorry.’

However, a number of other businesses, including travel firm Saga, publisher Bloomsbury, Pimlico Plumbers and the Bank of America have introduced similar policies to Mr Cutter.  

He added: ‘We’re not trying to discriminate or embarrass anyone, we’re just trying to make sure our staff and customers are safe.

‘As a small business what we’re trying to do is best for everyone, which is not easy.

‘We spoke to Public Health England about doing lateral flow tests instead, but they said the issue is you have to trust the person who submits the details.

‘I understand we aren’t going to please everybody, but some of the abuse is awful. It’s more upsetting that my children see it.’

The landlord hopes it will safeguard drinkers and his 25 staff, particularly after the rules about masks and social distancing end from next Monday

An anti-vax beauty therapist has said she will refuse to treat anyone who has been vaccinated against coronavirus. 

Sarah McCutcheon, based in Glasgow, wrote in a post on her business’ Instagram page: ‘We will not treat anyone who has had a Covid-19 jab.’  

The owner of Wellness and Wellbeing With Sarah made the comment alongside a post from an Australian hair salon which read: ‘We are not your hairdresser if you have had the Covid vax.’ 

She added: ‘We agree and will not conduct massages or treatments on any vaccinated people…sorry not sorry.’

The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) told the Daily Record such a policy would go against Government guidance, which should be followed to keep customers safe.      

When pressed to explain herself, Ms McCutcheon wrote via her business page: ‘Many of my loyal long term clients follow a very natural path and I want to ensure they feel safe in the environment that they come to relax in.

‘There is no long-term data to secure us at this moment in time, there are too many related illnesses, they are experimental vaccines and have caused many injury!’

The post said the company had been asking anyone inquiring about treatments whether or not they had been vaccinated.

It added: ‘To reduce repetition to single messages we have decided to follow on and post that we will not conduct treatments on any vaccinated person, please respect our personal choices.’ 

Mr Cutter has also had a mixed reaction on his pub’s Facebook page since posting news of the policy.

One former customer David Rose posted: ‘I recall many good times in your public house on a Friday or Saturday night, but those times have long gone.

‘Those who are unable to vaccinate, or do not wish to, should not be discriminated against, however that is precisely what your public house is doing.’

Andrew Grosvenor added: ‘This pub’s stance is discrimination towards certain members of the tax paying public. They should be ashamed at themselves for following this route to get back to business.

‘I do hope my hard earned taxed wages were not contributing to any ‘furlough’ payments to this place?’

But Chloe Gillian said: ‘What the hell is wrong with everyone. This is great! Well done The Murderers.’

Kaylee Smith added: ‘What the hell is wrong with people? I think this is a good move. And if you don’t like their policy, simple, don’t go there!!

‘After having lost four family members due to Covid over the last year, this virus is real. And any individual or organisation that wants to protect themselves from it whether it be for health or wealth is entitled to..’

Nick Griffin, chief executive of The Licensees Association said: ‘We will support any licensee who wishes to exercise what they may consider to be a duty of care to their staff as long as it’s not discriminatory in any way.

‘I suspect most town centre pubs won’t adopt such a policy, certainly not initially, so customers will still have a great choice, but this may give those more nervous about returning to our city centre pubs some confidence that there is at least one venue they’ll feel more confident in visiting.

‘Ultimately it will be a commercial decision for most though’.

Martin Caffrey, operations director of the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations, said: ‘I applaud the decision of this publican. I think publicans around the country are going to have to decide whether they do the same thing.

‘It will be a comfort for customers at certain outlets to know that they are in a secure as an environment as is possible, although we know that is not possible to eliminate all risk.

‘But there could be problems with people getting around it with fake vaccination cards and it could be a laborious task on the door to get people to produce their smart phones and go into their NHS app.’

The move comes as it emerged this week that a major flaw in the system means anyone can get an NHS Covid Pass to attend crowded venues without having a jab or taking a test.

Experts branded the passports ‘dangerous’ and ‘worse than worthless’ for giving people a false sense of security.

The passes should only be issued to those who have received both doses of the vaccine, recovered from infection or recently tested negative.

But only the serial number from a free rapid test from NHS Test and Trace is needed to secure a pass.

The Government website where people report their result asks users to enter the serial number and select if the test was positive or negative. Critically, it makes no effort to validate the result.

Scammers who have tested positive or not used the device can tick ‘negative’ and receive a confirmatory email and text message within minutes.

The NHS app also updates to show they have a pass, with their name and a green tick.

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