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Father-of-seven barred from pub lunch with family for 'Rule Of Six breach' despite living together 


Pub wrongly bars father-of-seven for ‘breaching the rule of six’ after he arrived with his girlfriend and children – despite the rules saying households of more than six people ARE allowed

  • Daniel Gough, 39, was turned away from Baldwin Arms pub in Birmingham 
  • He visited the pub on October 4 with his girlfriend Helen and his seven children 
  • Government make rule of six exceptions for large families living under same roof

A father, who took his girlfriend and seven children for a meal at his local pub, was turned away because of the rule of six despite rules saying large households are allowed.  

Daniel Gough, 39, and his family were turned away from the Baldwin Arms pub in Hall Green, Birmingham, on October 4. 

He was visiting with girlfriend Helen and his seven children, all aged between 14 and five months, who are exempt from the rule of six because they live together. 

Daniel Gough, 39, visited the Baldwin Arms pub in Hall Green, Birmingham, with his girlfriend Helen and his seven children, all aged between 14 and five months (pictured)

Daniel Gough, 39, visited the Baldwin Arms pub in Hall Green, Birmingham, with his girlfriend Helen and his seven children, all aged between 14 and five months (pictured) 

The Government makes exceptions to the rule when there are large families living under the same roof. 

He said he explained to staff how the family were all from the same household and asked if they could be seated on two separate tables.

But Mr Gough told they wouldn’t accommodate him due to his family being too large for the Covid rule of six. 

The scaffolder, who says he has been a regular at the pub and visits ‘about three times a week’, said the situation ‘really upset’ him. 

The scaffolder (pictured), who says he has been a regular at the pub and visits 'about three times a week', said the situation 'really upset' him

The scaffolder (pictured), who says he has been a regular at the pub and visits ‘about three times a week’, said the situation ‘really upset’ him

Mr Gough told BirminghamLive: ‘I know the government does make an allowance for large families like ours living in the same household. 

‘I asked to speak to the manager and she wouldn’t budge. It was upsetting as sitting us on two separate tables seemed a simple solution.’

He added: ‘On that day we went to another pub nearby and there wasn’t a problem.’

A spokesperson for the Baldwin Arms said although they were aware of the government ruling on large households but said it could ’cause confusion with other guests’.

A spokesperson for the Baldwin Arms said although they were aware of the government ruling on large households but said it could 'cause confusion with other guests'

A spokesperson for the Baldwin Arms said although they were aware of the government ruling on large households but said it could ’cause confusion with other guests’

They added that the venue, which is a Hungry Horse pub, has decided to ‘limit table sizes to six in all circumstances’. 

The spokesperson said: ‘Since reopening, we have encouraged all customers to pre-book their tables ahead of their visit. 

‘Where a household or bubble group numbers more than six people we will do our best to seat them on adjacent tables, however we cannot guarantee to always do this due to availability on the day.’  

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