Council fines 2 pubs for Covid breaches – but won’t say which

Two Leicester pubs have been fined for breaching Covid-19 rules – but officials have refused to identify them

The city Council has confirmed it has issued £1,000 fines to the premises for serving food and drink when doing so was forbidden under the restrictions designed to restrict the spread of the virus.

The authority revealed the fines recently in response to Freedom of Information inquiry, but did not give any further details.

When asked by LeicestershireLive for more information, the council said one of the fines was issued on November 4 when the city was under Tier 2 Covid restrictions.

The other fine was handed out on December 8.

The council said both offences were ‘minor breaches’, but that it still took action.

It also told LeicestershireLive that it would be detrimental to identify the pubs which broke the rules because the offences were ‘historic’. Therefore, it would not be identifying them.

The council has insisted it takes breaches of lockdown seriously and is in the process of carrying out hundreds of checks on city businesses, places of worship, and other organisations to make sure they are sticking to the regulations.

The council’s head of regulatory services, Nicola Preston, said: “Although we won’t hesitate to take action when it’s needed, we’re pleased to say the vast majority of businesses in the city are complying with the law.

“Where businesses do fail our checks, it’s usually because they are not engaging with the process – for example, we can’t get hold of them or they don’t respond to our requests for information. In these cases, we follow up with a visit.

“We have visited many supermarkets recently too and they are complying well. We know that people sometimes raise problems here, but it’s often to do with other customers getting too close rather than the supermarket not having the correct measures in place.

“Obviously, if people see poor compliance we want to know about it, but we’re pleased that the vast majority of businesses are following the law and public health advice. We would urge all local businesses to keep up the good work and to make sure they respond to us or the HSE [Health and Safety Executive] if we get in touch, so that we can guide them through the checking process.”

The Covid infection rate in the city has been falling during the current lockdown, but at 252.4 cases per 100,000 but is still well above the 142.8 cases per 100,000 national average for England.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News