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Ashton-on-Ribble ale bar served ‘hefty’ fixed penalty notice for Covid regulations breach

Posted on - 19th November, 2020 - 1:44pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Crime, Food & Drink, Preston Council, Preston News, Pubs, Tulketh
Tulketh Tap Room Pic: Tony Worrall
Tulketh Tap Room Pic: Tony Worrall

An Ashton-on-Ribble ale bar has been handed a fixed penalty notice for breaching local Covid 19 restrictions.

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Tulketh Tap Room in Tulketh Brow has been handed the ‘hefty’ notice for allowing groups of different households to mix inside the premises while Tier 3 restrictions were in place.

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The notice was given to them after warnings to stop household mingling were ignored.

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Sgt Horton of Preston Police posted on Facebook explaining that the licensing team and Preston City Councils Environmental Health Team had been making joint visits to clubs, bars and pubs in and Preston to ensure staff and customers were safe.

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He said: “Mostly we found venues doing a great job in difficult circumstances. Where there were issues, we were usually able to engage , explain and encourage rather than enforce.

“Where this was not enough we have had to enforce and after a number of joint visits where mingling between different household groups was found and warnings ignored, Preston City Council have issued Tulketh Tap Room on Tulketh Brow with a hefty fixed penalty notice.

“Hopefully when our pubs, clubs and bars get to open again the message around taking Covid 19 safety seriously will have got through.”

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Councillor Peter Moss, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: “We continue to work closely to support and advise local businesses during these difficult times, and the vast majority of them are complying with the regulations.

“However, we will use enforcement powers available to us where that advice is not taken on board and the rules are not followed.

“Details of enforcement action and fixed penalty notices are available on our website.”

The city council did not say how much the venue had been fined, but fixed penalty notices for breaching the Covid restrictions start at £1,000.

The Tulketh Tap Room did not want to comment on the fixed penalty notice when approached to by Blog Preston.

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