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Grimsby pub caught operating during lockdown

Grimsby pub caught operating during lockdown
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Grimsby pub caught operating during lockdown

A Grimsby pub has become the first venue in North East Lincolnshire to be reprimanded after it was caught operating during the current lockdown.

The Mariner’s Rest pub in Grimsby was served with the notice on Wednesday evening following a public safety incident last weekend.

Officers from Humberside Police were called to the premises on Albion Street in Grimsby following a number of complaints.

When they arrived, officers witnessed around 20 people fleeing from the premises.

The business has been handed a COVID Prohibition Notice, formally preventing the premises from doing normal business under the current restrictions.

Failure to comply with the restrictions without reasonable excuse, is a criminal offence carrying a financial penalty of up to £5,000 upon conviction.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Following reports from Humberside Police of breaches of COVID legislation at the Mariner’s Rest Pub in Grimsby, we can confirm that Council officers have served a prohibition notice on the premises.

“This notice requires the premises to cease trading immediately, in line with current Government COVID legislation. Failure to comply is a criminal offence.

“Lots of businesses are struggling under the current circumstances, but irresponsible behaviour like this increases the chance of the virus spreading, puts people’s lives at risk and undermines the efforts of those businesses that remain closed despite the financial implications for them.”

The current national lockdown restrictions mean that pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues are required to close.

Businesses can continue to be provide both food and drink via delivery.

Takeaway services can also be provided before 11pm.

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