Norwich pub is first in Britain to BAN punters who can't prove they've had ...

Norwich pub is first in Britain to BAN punters who can't prove they've had ...
Norwich pub is first in Britain to BAN punters who can't prove they've had ...

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. 

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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

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

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

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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.

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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

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