A PUB has warned customers that it could be forced to close its doors again if people continue to ignore its coronavirus safety measures.

Brewery Arms in Saltney, Chester, said it is "frustrating" that they are having to "police the pub" after experiencing issues with smoking, fighting and constant complaints about the new guidelines it has in place.

The pub reopened its doors last weekend for the first time in more than three months following the Government's latest easing of lockdown restrictions, but says it had no choice but to shut yesterday (July 7) due to people not adhering to the new rules.

Brewery Arms, which is separated from Wales by a railway bridge, is currently the only pub operating in Saltney as premises over the border are not yet able to reopen under Welsh Government regulations.

It has urged anyone who is unwilling to abide by its safety measures to stay away.

In a message to customers posted on its Facebook page, Brewery Arms said: "The pub was closed today because of a few things, mainly through people not sticking to the guidelines.

"Myself and the team are trying our best to keep all safe, but it's becoming frustrating having to police the pub. I understand the changes cause confusion, but smoking in the pub (not been allowed 13 years now), isn't on, fighting isn't on, constant griping about the 'house rules' isn't on or fair.

"We are trying to keep the brew open and going, but it has to be a safe environment for all. For now we are the only pub open in the Saltney area, so if new customers choose the brew to drink, so be it, it'll be open tomorrow (July 8) from 12.

"Only people who are willing to abide by the guidelines are welcome, if you can't, please stay away until this awful situation is over!

"Let's show each other some love and respect at this awful time, come in hand sanitise and wait to be taken to your seat, stay there unless you are going to the toilet or for a cigarette, give your details for social tracing, stick to social distancing, use the correct directions around the pub.

"We'll all be safe and the pub will remain open, otherwise it'll just have to shut. If you are going to the toilet please can we make sure you are using the correct toilet and not the opposite sex toilet.

"If you choose to ignore these guidelines then you will be asked to leave. Many thanks David and the team."