Three Calderdale pubs and a barber caught breaking government rules

The council say three pubs, one members club and a barber had remained open despite the ban.

Three public houses and a private members’ club in Calderdale have been served closure notices since restrictions were introduced by Government during the coronavirus epidemic in March.

Today (Monday, April 6) a notice has also been served on a barber’s shop.

In the case of the licensed premises, a senior councillor has warned that more severe penalties may be brought against them including prohibition notices, revocation of alcohol licences and fines.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for Public Services and Communities, Coun Susan Press, said the restrictions were in place for a reason and it was vital people followed Government advice on social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

She said Calderdale Council is working with West Yorkshire Police and other agencies to ensure this strict closure directive is followed and officers from the Community Protection Team and partners are monitoring compliance.

“Fines can also be issued and there is no upper limit to the fines given to businesses who continue to ignore restrictions.
“These restrictions are in place for a reason and it’s imperative we all do all we can to follow national guidance on social distancing – helping reduce the spread of the virus and reduce the mounting pressure on our National Health Service,” said Coun Press.

On Twitter on April 3, council Senior Environmental Health Officer Dave Dunbar posted: “It’s simple really. Pubs @Calderdale need to STAY CLOSED!”

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