A POPULAR Hereford pub will close its doors this evening to protect the health of its staff and customers, with a second also announcing its temporary closure

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The move, in light of the coronavirus outbreak, will see the Barrels in St Owen's Street closed until further notice.

"It is a regrettable decision but we have decided to close our doors from 8pm this evening," they said in a statement.


"We haven't taken this decision lightly but we must consider the health of our staff and customers."

"Stay safe and healthy people and we hope to see you on the other side."

The Beer in Hand in Eign Street will also close until further notice as the Government urges people to avoid pubs, bars and restaurants.

"After what seems like endless soul searching in the last few days we’ve decided that we’ll be closing temporarily as of 9pm tonight due to the ongoing COVID 19 crisis," a post shared on Instagram said.

"Along with most of the industry we have been waiting for clarity from Government but for any number of reasons we don’t feel like we can carry on."