Tameside pub closed down for coronavirus safety breaches

A pub in Denton has been closed down after repeatedly breaching coronavirus regulations.

The Jolly Hatters pub on Town Lane was served with a 'Direction to Close Notice' by Tameside Council on Friday (18 September), in response to it posing a "serious and imminent threat to public health". 

The council say the premises has "repeatedly breached the coronavirus regulations and government guidance", put in place to ensure that premises remained Covid secure and safe for public and members of staff.

They add that the Premises Licence Holders, Ei Group Ltd - the brewery that own the premises - had previously provided assurance that the lease of the tenant would be terminated and the premises would remain closed until a suitable replacement had been appointed.


The closure notice at the pub 

However, the Designated Premises Supervisor reopened the premises on Thursday evening. Greater Manchester Police subsequently served a Closure Notice, requiring the premises to close for 24 hours - which was followed by the council's Direction to Close Notice on Friday.

This is the first notice that Tameside Council has served under the new powers. 

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Executive Member responsible for enforcement, said: "We have been working closely with the police to advise and support businesses to operate safely and the vast majority are complying. Where issues are found we work closely with businesses to address and resolve.

"Unfortunately in this case, our advice has not been taken on board – there have been repeated breaches and there is a clear and serious risk to public health.  Public health and keeping the local community safe is of utmost importance to us and we won’t hesitate in taking robust action against businesses that fail to comply and pose a threat.

"This is the first notice we have served under these new powers and the decision was not taken lightly. However, we are satisfied that with the current management in place there is a serious and imminent threat to public health." 

The council say the notice will remain in force until Monday 12 October and will only be lifted if the authority is satisfied that the existing Designated Premises Supervisor has vacated the premises and the appropriate control measures in place.

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