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Two pubs are just a few metres apart but are in different tiers - meaning one is currently open for customers, as long as they have a meal, and the other must remain closed.
Joe Joe Jims and The Old Hare and Hounds are separated by a five-metre driveway, but are technically situated in different counties meaning they're in different tiers.
This boundary line means that Joe Joe Jims in Cofton Hackett in Worcestershire, is in tier two, while The Old Hare and Hounds in Rednal, West Midlands, is in tier three and can't open - but can still offer takeaway or 'click and collect'.
Posting on Facebook to announce its closure while in tier three, the pub, which is owned by Ember Inns, wrote: "As you are all probably aware due to being placed into tier three last week, we will unfortunately not be opening this Wednesday and will stay closed until current restrictions are lifted.
"Let us assure you all we are getting the pub ready and will open swiftly when allowed.
"We thank you all for your great support especially in 2020."
However, some pub regulars have hit out at the rules, with one person branding them 'madness' and another saying it 'makes zero sense'.
One person told The Sun: "We are a driveway apart from each other, but it's like we are living in a different world.
"It seems to make no sense at all. How can it be safe to drink in one pub but not next door?
"No one here can get their head around it. It's crazy."
While a second said: "It makes zero sense. We're gutted for them.
"It must be so frustrating. It's five metres - madness."
Even regulars at the nearby Joe Joe Jims got involved, with one person responding: "We feel very sorry for The Old Hare and Hounds. It's not fair."
Earlier this week, England came out of lockdown and headed back into a tiered system.
Under the revised plan, the majority of England is in tier two, although areas including the Midlands, North East, North West and Kent are in tier three.
This means that more than 55 million people in England placed into the top two tiers, which represent 'high' and 'very high' alert levels, and therefore are banned from mixing indoors.
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