Harrogate district pub which ignored lockdown hit with prohibition notice

Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police have taken their first action over businesses failing to comply with the government's measures on closures during the coronavirus lockdown.

By Graham Chalmers
Friday, 3rd April 2020, 3:57 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 3:58 pm

After being tipped off by the police about a pub flouting the rules, the council issued its first prohibition notice.

Coun Mike Chambers, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing and safer communities, said: “The rules are clear. Unless social contact is kept to the essential minimal, the spread of the coronavirus will cripple the NHS, lead to the death of loved ones and damage UK society and business as a whole."

The move comes after the Government gave authorities, and the police new powers last month to serve prohibition notices, fixed penalties or even prosecute business for failing to comply with the governments rules on closures.

Harrogate crackdown - Police were given new powers last month to serve prohibition notices, fixed penalties or even prosecute business for failing to comply with the governments rules on closures.

Since the implementation, Harrogate Borough Council has been working with North Yorkshire Police to deal with businesses who refuse to comply.

To date, nearly 30 premises have been contacted and advice has been issued which has largely resulted in immediate compliance.

But last weekend North Yorkshire Police attended a public house which was found to be in breach of the regulations.

As a result, Harrogate Borough Council issued its first prohibition notice for failing to comply.

Coun Mike Chambers said: “We will continue to work closely with North Yorkshire Police and use enforcement powers when businesses refuse to do the right thing and comply with the regulations.

“Remember, we are all in this together. Please stay at home, protect the NHS and help save lives.”

Sgt Jackie Booth, force licensing manager at North Yorkshire Police, said: “We will continue working with our partners to engage with licensed premises, explain the reasons for the restrictions and encourage them to be responsible.

"The advice is clear, that the best thing we can do to save lives is to stay at home whenever possible.”

People can report a business not complying via the council’s website at: www.harrogate.gov.uk/covid19.

The council need as much information about the business as possible, including what the business is, its location and dates and times of operating.

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