Custodio Pinto, who runs Crown and Anchor in Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, said he had not been “strong enough” to ensure customers observed social distancing.
“First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest regrets for all the angst, disturbance and sadness that the events that occurred at Crown and Anchor last month have caused so much.
“I have lived in Stone since 2001 where we raised our three children and it has always been a great pleasure to be part of this fantastic community.
“However, on July 18, I accept that I was simply not strong enough to enforce the government’s Covid-19 safety rules, despite detailed preparation in accordance with their guidelines. ”
Around 1,000 people have been tested after health officials urged anyone who worked or visited the pub between July 16 and July 18 to get checked.
Mr Pinto added, “This virus gives you a false sense of normalcy when everything around you seems okay. My error in judgment is due to the fact that I am not able to react quickly enough to the rapidly changing situation, and for that I would like to apologize. ”