A licensed premises in Aberdare has been issued with a Premises Closure Notice by the Council for failing to comply with Covid-19 guidance and regulations, whilst another licensed establishment in the area has been served with a Premises Improvement Notice.
Officers from South Wales Police attended the Bush Inn in Aberdare last night (Thursday, September 17) – on the day that local restrictions came into force across the whole of Rhondda Cynon Taf following a sharp rise in cases – and found a range of issues and breaches of the regulations taking place, including patrons dancing around the tables. As a result, the premises will now be closed for seven days.
Council Officers have also issued a Premises Improvement Notice to the Lighthouse on Victoria Square in Aberdare for failing to adhere to the regulations.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, said: “With an increase in inspections from South Wales Police and the Local Authority, a number of serious breaches of the regulations were found to be taking place when Officers arrived at the scene – including patrons dancing around the tables with a clear disregard for social distancing and the wider situation we find ourselves in.
“The introduction of local restrictions on our County by the Welsh Government is quite clearly an extraordinary measure that is commensurate with the transmission of coronavirus in our community. Irresponsible behaviour from patrons and businesses will not help in relaxing or removing the restrictions at the earliest opportunity, which is something we are all desperate to see.
“As is always the case in these circumstances, this action has been taken in the interests of public safety and to minimise the risk of further transmission of coronavirus. I would like to thank South Wales Police for once again working with the Council on enforcing the regulations and I fully support Officers in serving the latest Premises Closure Notice at the Bush Inn in Aberdare along with the Lighthouse in Aberdare.”
Posted on Friday 18th September 2020