Birmingham news City bar licence revoked for breaking social distancing rules MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - PBs Bar is the first venue in Birmingham to have licence revoked after breaking coronavirus guidelines
Breaking News ! A bar in the Jewellery Quarter has had its licence revoked for 'one of the worst examples' of breaking Covid-19 rules. The scathing remarks were made about PBs Bar by Public Health bosses during a meeting of Birmingham City Council's Licensing Sub-Committee. The venue, based in Key Hill, is also the first bar in the city to have its licence revoked for breaking coronavirus guidelines. The meeting heard Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health for Birmingham, had reportedly been 'aghast' to hear of the style of operation practised by those running the bar. West Midlands Police told an told an expedited review how officers witnessed its failure to observe Government guidance to comply with Covid-19 regulations on at least seven occasions. The review was told that there was no social distancing or limiting the number of people on the premises since early August. In addition to the licence being revoked, Nickeshia Reid-Davidson will be removed as Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS), and the bar’s licence remains suspended pending any appeal hearing. She had allegedly remarked to police that she was too busy ‘preparing food’ for an event at the premises to follow the instructions relating to Covid-19. Councillor Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "Businesses have a responsibility - not only to their staff and customers - but to the wider community and there must be consequences when COVID-19 guidance is simply ignored. This is deadly serious and Birmingham City Council will continue to work with West Midlands Police to enforce the guidelines. “Reports had been made to the council and the police that PB’s Bar failed to follow Government guidance and was operating with no regard for social distancing or public health.
.” Superintendent Gareth Morris, head of Neighbourhood Policing in Birmingham West, said: “It is regrettable that action had to be taken to close a business, particularly in the current climate where many businesses are struggling to recover. “Officers and licencing staff made several attempts to advise the DPS but guidance was ignored and safe working practices were consistently breached. In light of the risks to public safety action was taken accordingly.
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“This course of action was not taken lightly and it should act as a deterrent to the minority of premises which may still be breaching COVID-19 guidelines, that we will take such matters seriously.” Birmingham City Council has reminded businesses that they must follow Government guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This includes ensuring customers and staff comply with social distancing and wear appropriate PPE and face coverings (unless exempt and where required), adhering to test and trace systems, and in hospitality industries, ensuring the “rule of six” is applied. To report a business which is putting staff and/or customers at risk click here or call or call 0121 303 1116. For the latest Government advice on Covid-19, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus
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