A PUB which was forced to close after its owners received abusive messages has re-opened.

David and Gillian Pinchbeck closed The Inn at Welland earlier this month after receiving abusive calls following the news three positive coronavirus tests had been confirmed on-site.

The pub was subjected to a barrage of abusive calls and messages on social media, but has since re-opened after "going even further" to make things safe.

Mrs Pinchbeck said: "We are so pleased to welcome our customers back and we are thankful for the support.

"We want to get the message out there that we have always followed, and continue to follow, stringent coronavirus safety procedures here at The Inn.

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"The welfare of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance to us."

Malvern Hills District councillors Sarah Rouse and Mick Davies visited the pub to show their support and speak to the owners about the abuse.

Cllr Rouse said: "It is wonderful to see The Inn at Welland open its doors to the public again and we really hope to see it thrive once more.

"It is so shocking to hear about the abuse they have received. I want to praise the staff for being so honest and proactive in their approach to customer safety.

"Coronavirus can affect anyone and we should expect to see outbreaks.

"We have all got a responsibility to keep each other safe by washing hands, wearing a face coverings and social distancing.

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"Even if it’s a mild symptom it is really important to isolate immediately and get a test."

The pub was closed after it was confirmed two members of staff and a member of the public had tested positive for coronavirus.

At the time, Public Health England confirmed The Inn was already operating under robust Covid-19 procedures and staff were tested for coronavirus, returning negative results.

Additional safety measures include staff wearing masks or visors at all time and continuing to follow a rigorous cleaning regime.

Customers are being temperature checked on arrival at the restaurant and must wear a mask when moving around the restaurant.