Press Release from Nottinghamshire County Council:
Closure notice issued to Pub in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire
A closure notice has been issued to a pub in Kimberley for not complying with Covid 19 requirements.
Queen’s Head at 34 Main Street Kimberley has been forced to temporarily close to the public for up to one month after environmental health officers and the police reported finding significant breaches of Covid 19 rules.
It’s the first time a notice has been served by the County Council since gaining the power to help prevent, contain and manage local coronavirus in relation to individual premises.
The temporary closure will take affect from 6pm on 25 September and may last until the 23rd October 2020 but will reviewed every seven days.
In the meantime, officers from Broxtowe Borough Council and the County Council will work with the business proprietors to help them put systems in place to make sure they are Covid Secure.
Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council, said :
“We have not taken this decision lightly but will not hesitate to take prompt action with businesses who do not adhere to all COVID-19 measures.
“We all have a duty to stop the spread of infection. The majority of businesses are doing all they can to keep their customers, staff and visitors safe from COVID-19. But where we find businesses which present a serious and imminent threat to public health we will take action to protect Nottinghamshire residents.”
Inspector Simon Riley, of Nottinghamshire Police, added: “We all have an incredibly important responsibility to adhere to the Coronavirus regulations as part of our national effort to prevent the spread of the disease.
“Pubs, bars and restaurants must comply with the protocols set by the Government as a matter of public safety and we will not stand for persistent breaches of the regulations in our city and county.
“Despite prior warning, The Queen’s Head persistently failed to enforce the track and trace system, nor was it ensuring that guests were social distancing – this is unacceptable, and we will continue to take action against license holders that think they can act outside of the rules.
“I would encourage anyone who sees people ignoring the regulations in their area to report it to Nottinghamshire Police as soon as possible on 101.”