A Direction to Close issued to pub in West Bridgford

09 October 2020

A Direction to Close has been issued to a second pub in Nottinghamshire for not complying with COVID-19 requirements.

Zinc Bar Ltd, 33-35 and 35a Central Avenue in West Bridgford, has been forced to temporarily close to the public for up to one month after environmental health officers reported finding significant breaches of COVID-19 rules.

It’s the second time a Direction to Close has been served by the County Council since gaining the power to help prevent, contain and manage local coronavirus in relation to individual premises. 

The temporary closure will take affect from 6pm tonight (9 October) and may last until the 6 November 2020 but will reviewed every seven days.

In the meantime, officers from Rushcliffe 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:

“The bar’s operations pose a serious and imminent risk to the health of their customers, staff and the wider community.

“We will not hesitate to take action against businesses which do not fully comply with regulations for keeping people safe.

“Now, more than ever, residents need to be vigilant and follow measures in place to help reduce the spread of infection.”

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods Cllr Rob Inglis said: “Good compliance is good business and the bar’s owners have shown the opposite of this with a staggering irresponsibility to not operate in a COVID secure environment and protect their customers.

“It meant we had no option but to take this action despite our teams continuing to provide them with the advice and support since COVID arrived and after its first, second and third fines.

“We continue to work with bar, restaurant and hospitality business owners on the guidelines, and have visited over 230 hospitality businesses in recent weeks to help them adapt to laws and the vast majority are doing a great job.

“We want to support them wherever we can to operate but we will not tolerate complacency when it comes to regulations that are designed to protect the health of our residents.

“It’s hugely important that businesses remain diligent and implement all necessary measures to keep their premises secure for customers and help tackle the rising number of cases.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry added:  “This shows as a partnership we will not hesitate to take action and swiftly.

“With the numbers rising as quickly and sharply as they are right across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire it is even more important that people stick to the rules. We all have an incredibly important responsibility to adhere to the Coronavirus regulations 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, Zinc persistently failed to follow the rules and 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.” 

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