British mom creates Corona Arms pub – now has 8,000 “virtual” patrons

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A British mom whose plans to meet old friends in a bar have been dashed due to the coronavirus lock-up has opened her own “virtual pub” – and now has more than 8,000 regular bettors.

Emily Huyton started The Corona Arms initially as an online video chat group for the 15 friends she hoped to meet last month.

But, as Grimsby Live says, it has grown rapidly and now has thousands of followers, while raising funds for charity at quiz nights.

Now, after more social media traffic, Emily is overwhelmed by her popularity.

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The pub is created using the Zoom app, which facilitates video calls

She said, “It was all crazy. We have received messages from all over the world from people joining us – it was just a very good experience for all of us.

“If we can put a few smiles on people’s faces, bring people together and give them something to do, I think we will all be happy.

“Not only that, but we all communicate a lot more as friends, it’s great to be honest. “



A punter takes a drink and joins the conversation in his own living room

Emily, who was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, but now lives in London, uses the Zoom video conferencing application to host the pub. It meant that she could see her friends after all.

“We all had a great evening – it was great fun talking to each other in this form. It was good to see each other and it definitely helped to cheer up, “added the mother.

And now the group will continue to organize quiz nights every Tuesday, while keeping their Instagram page active by posting entertaining images and videos throughout the week.

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Boris Johnson detained the country in March in a national effort to slow the spread of Covid-19, which has now infected more than 38,000 people in the UK and killed more than 3,100 others.

All pubs and restaurants have therefore been closed for the foreseeable future.

You can follow the virtual pub – @the_corona_arms.

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