Sports club fined after breaching Covid rules

Saturday 23rd January 2021 3:30 pm
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A sports club in Cornwall has been fined £1,000 for serving alcohol inside the premises in breach of Covid regulations.

Members of the licensed club, which cannot be named at the moment as it has 14 days to appeal the fine, were found drinking alcohol at the premises on January 15.

A Covid Enforcement Officer from Cornwall Council issued the fixed penalty notice on Wednesday, in liaison with Devon and Cornwall Police.

Under the current restrictions, hospitality venues including pubs, bars and social clubs must remain closed, with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm).

Cllr Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “This club put both its members and the local community at risk.

“The number of cases in Cornwall remains higher than we would like and it is simply unacceptable that these selfish individuals ignored the restrictions to drink socially.

“We will always work with businesses to help explain the rules and how best to enforce them. In this instance, the business clearly knew that it was breaching the regulations and there is no excuse for this.

“If businesses have questions or concerns, we urge them to get in touch. For the minority who refuse to follow the rules, we will not hesitate to take action.”

Since the start of the pandemic, Cornwall Council has taken enforcement action against six businesses for Covid breaches.

The club now has two weeks to appeal the notice.

Businesses can find support and guidance regarding the latest restrictions on the Business Regulatory Support website.