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Polesworth Pub issued notice for COVID breach on first week of reopening

Published on Wednesday, 21st April 2021

North Warwickshire Borough Council has issued The Royal Oak in Polesworth with a Coronavirus Improvement Notice following a visit from Warwickshire Police to the premises on 12th April, in response to call from a concerned member of the public.

Officers witnessed large groups of people standing together, there was no social distancing, customers were standing at tables, this was all captured on the officer’s body cams. The proprietor of the premise was amongst the groups and made no effort to encourage customers to remain in their seats. Officers issued a £1,000 fixed penalty notice.

The Coronavirus Improvement Notice requires the premises to make the following adjustments by 20th April:

- No group of more than 6 persons to be admitted to the premises.

- Tables located on the premises are rearranged to maintain a distance of at least 2m between them, or 1m where the customers would be sat back to back

- Customers must be reminded to remain seated while consuming food or drink while on the premises

Steve Maxey, Chief Executive of North Warwickshire Borough Council, said “It is extremely disappointing that the very clear rules for the hospitality sector reopening have not been implemented by this business. As a council we have worked incredibly hard with local businesses to ensure that they are aware of the rules of reopening safely. I am pleased however that this incident was reported and with the quick reaction of officers, hopefully this will set an example that we are taking the rules incredibly seriously and have zero tolerance for those found to be breaking them.”