Pub in breach of Covid regulations ordered to shut

A Nottinghamshire pub has been temporarily shut down due to coronavirus breaches.

Queen’s Head on Main Street, Kimberley has been forced to temporarily close to the public for up to one month after environmental health officers and the police reported finding “significant breaches” of COVID-19 rules.

It is the first time a notice has been served by Nottingham County Council since gaining the power to help prevent, contain and manage local coronavirus in relation to individual premises.

The temporary closure may last until October 23 but will reviewed every seven days.

In the meantime, officers from Broxtowe Borough Council and the County Council will work with the business proprietors to help them put systems in place to make sure they are COVID-secure.

Jonathan Gribbin, director of public health at Nottinghamshire County Council, said :“We have not taken this decision lightly but will not hesitate to take prompt action with businesses who do not adhere to all COVID-19 measures.

“We all have a duty to stop the spread of infection.  The majority of businesses are doing all they can to keep their customers, staff and visitors safe from COVID-19.  But where we find businesses which present a serious and imminent threat to public health we will take action to protect Nottinghamshire residents.”

Inspector Simon Riley, of Nottinghamshire Police, added: “We all have an incredibly important responsibility to adhere to the Coronavirus regulations as part of our national effort to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Pubs, bars and restaurants must comply with the protocols set by the Government as a matter of public safety and we will not stand for persistent breaches of the regulations in our city and county.

“Despite prior warning, The Queen’s Head persistently failed to enforce the track and trace system, nor was it ensuring that guests were social distancing – this is unacceptable, and we will continue to take action against license holders that think they can act outside of the rules.

“I would encourage anyone who sees people ignoring the regulations in their area to report it to Nottinghamshire Police as soon as possible on 101.”