Mid-Wales tavern asks over-60s to stay away over coronavirus fears
A tavern in mid-Wales have said that they would rather customers over 60 stay away because of fears that they would be more at risk if they caught the coronavirus.
Tafarn Dwynant near Machynlleth said that they were no longer confident of being able to provide a “safe environment” for older customers.
They emphasised that they did not consider the older group to be more infectious, but more at risk themselves if they catch this virus.
However, they said that for legal reasons, they could not refuse customers based on their potential vulnerability to Covid-19.
Data from around the world has suggested that older adults – particularly those with heart, lung, and immunological conditions – are the most vulnerable to the worst effects of the disease.
Tafarn Dwynant in Ceinws, which is run by Abby and Kevin McTomney, also said that they were considering closing entirely for a time.
“We’ve been wrestling with the moral conundrum of providing both a living for our family and being a likely point of infection for our customers for a few days now,” they said.
“Given the data that’s now showing that infections in the UK are increasing very rapidly and that the government’s strategy is to seek herd immunity, that is it will only control rather than seek to stop infections so as not to overwhelm our brilliant health service, we can no longer permit customers who are over the age of 60 to enter our pub.
“We regret this enormously, but we feel that we can no longer provide a safe environment for those at most risk from Covid19.
“At some future point, probably in the next week or two, we will close entirely so that we are not a nexus of infection in our community.
“We feel, despite the inevitable economic hardship this will cause us, that this is the right thing to do. We would rather lose our business than a friend.”
Other countries and regions have already taken steps to stop people from congregating in pubs and clubs.
The Irish government called on pubs and bars to close from Sunday to help tackle coronavirus.
In the United States, California Governor Gavin Newsom has directed the closure of all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs in the state.
He also called for all seniors age 65 years or older to stay in home isolation to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Spain and Italy have imposed strict limits on public life, telling everyone to stay indoors, with few exceptions.
In France, cafes and restaurants were ordered closed along with most other nonessential businesses.