Bar’s elec­tric fence keeps cus­tomers apart

Owner: It’s usu­ally switched off, but it is there as a de­ter­rent

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Ryan W. Miller

A pub in the United King­dom has a shock­ing way to en­force so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines.

The Star Inn in Cornwall put up an elec­tric fence nor­mally used to re­strict live­stock near its bar counter to help keep pa­trons at a safe dis­tance from bar­tenders.

The pub’s owner, Johnny Mc­Fad­den, who is also a farmer, de­cided to in­stall the elec­tric fenc­ing to keep his em­ploy­ees safe, the South West News Ser­vice re­ported.

“Be­fore the fence, peo­ple were not fol­low­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing and were do­ing as they pleased, but now peo­ple take heed to the guid­ance around so­cial dis­tanc­ing,” Mc­Fad­den told Cornwall Live.

Mc­Fad­den told the SWNS that the fence is usu­ally switched off, but could be turned on if things get out of hand.

“It’s just a de­ter­rent, but hope­fully the sight of it will help keep peo­ple away. That’s how it works with cat­tle too, an­i­mals see it and often don’t want to test it,” Joel

Carne-Mead, who works at the bar, told the news agency.

Pubs in parts of the U.K. have slowly re­opened af­ter coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions with new guide­lines on how to serve cus­tomers safely. Ac­cord­ing to the BBC, each na­tion in the U.K. sets its own rules on re­open­ing bars and restau­rants.

In the U.K., there have been more than 290,000 con­firmed COVID-19 cases and al­most 45,000 known deaths, ac­cord­ing to Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity data. The United States has more than 3.3 mil­lion con­firmed cases and more than 135,000 known deaths.

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