Yorkshire news Police investigating 'illegal New Year's Eve party' at Yorkshire hotel MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - North Yorkshire Police confirmed they are investigating, with owner Simon Cotton facing a backlash
Breaking News ! The Yorkshire Hotel has been inundated with claims that a New Year's Eve party went ahead - despite the Tier 3 restrictions imposed on North Yorkshire at the time. The police are set to investigate further as in accordance with the tier system the hotel would have been blatantly flouting the rules. The Yorkshire Hotel is run by the HRH group, which owns a number of businesses within the Harrogate district, including the White Hart and Fat Badger. Owner Simon Cotton, during the Covid-19 pandemic, has made numerous comments and statements in response to the effect Covid-19 has had on the industry. He was publicised after serving pizzas to staff who built the NHS Nightingale hospital in Harrogate. Read More Related Articles Full list of Yorkshire roads affected by heavy snow and crashes with cars and lorries stuck Read More Related Articles York and North Yorkshire school snow closures After the district was informed they would be moved to Tier 3 on New Year's Eve, the move caused more anger from both business owners and members of the public alike. Tier 3 meant that the hospitality industry was forced to close, with the exception of sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery. The Tier 3 restrictions also meant there could be no mixing of households indoors or most outdoor places, with the exception of support bubbles. As many businesses and areas of hospitality had already prepared for a busy New Year's Eve with many fully booked, many lost out on valuable stock and earnings. Simon initially told ITV: "I'm really really mad. Why didn't they call this three days ago? "To give us six hours notice.
.. 2020 has been a tough year for hospitality." It was reported that the hotels and restaurants owned were instead switching to a takeaway service where possible. However, it has been claimed that a party was held on a single table in the Yorkshire Hotel, with no social distacting and bar staff forced to stay to serve drinks until the early hours. Reports of staff fearing for their safety were also heard, as claims from those who wished to remain anonymous also said that the hotel served breakfast to the group, estimated to be around 11 people. One claim even insinuated that the hotelier himself was in attendance.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: "North Yorkshire Police have received complaints about an alleged prohibited gathering at a hotel in Harrogate on New Year’s Eve. "Working together with Harrogate Borough Council, enquiries are ongoing to determine whether any offences have been committed under the Coronavirus regulations that were in place at the time.” Tier 3 restrictions were implemented due to a sudden rise in cases in the county, and the entire country has since been moved to an national lock down in an attempt to control the spread. HRH Group has been approached for comment.
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