People have been filmed appearing shoulder to shoulder in a crowded pub before an outbreak of coronavirus at the venue.
Pubgoers were filmed packing the Crown & Anchor in Stone in England’s West Midlands on July 18 before the confirmed outbreak.
Ayrron Robinson, who filmed the people in the Crown & Anchor beer garden from his apartment, told the Express & Star he believes there were between 100-200 people at the pub with no social distancing.
“It's a case of if one person had the virus, then chances are pretty much every person that was in there has probably got it now, so they've all got to go and get tested and, I'll be honest, I don't think all of them will,” he told the paper.
"I hope they will, but I could see some of them going to other pubs, so it’s a bad situation.”
Health officials have confirmed there have since been 10 positive cases confirmed at the pub.
They are asking people who had been working or drinking at the pub on July 16, 17, and 18 to get tested.
One individual with a positive result attended a private social gathering, further spreading the virus, Staffordshire County Council said.
On Facebook, people were less than impressed with the packed pub.
“Shocking and why the hell do they let so many people in?” one man wrote.
“I am disgusted by the behaviour of the venue,” one woman wrote.
Dr Richard Harling, director of public health at Staffordshire County Council, said people who had COVID-19 at the pub could still be infectious.
He added "not very much" is known about the private gathering attended by one of the pub’s customers.
“This appears to largely be a young adult demographic, young adults in the 18-21 age bracket,” Dr Harling said.
The pub announced its temporary closure on Facebook citing “the overwhelming amount of people visiting”.
“We have decided to close this weekend to be able to review our risk assessment in order to deal with the difficulty that we faced with social distancing,” it wrote.
“By saying that we are grateful and appreciative of all our customers and want to make it a safe environment for you when we reopen next weekend.”
The UK has more than 303,000 cases of coronavirus with more than 46,000 deaths.
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