A restaurant in Oadby, a small town in Leicestershire, has been ordered to close for not following Covid-19 regulations. The Tipu Sultan restaurant hosted a wedding party for circa 200 people the weekend before last, where social-distancing was not adhered to.
Leicestershire County Council licencing authorities were called to the scene when local residents reported that the Tipu Sultan restaurant posed an imminent threat to public health. The county council is now investigating how this happened and precisely how many people were involved in the incident.
The closure notice served by Leicestershire County Council means that the restaurant will remain closed until at least October 18.
Mike Sandys, director of public health for Leicestershire County Council, said: “This steep rise in cases in the borough is off the scale – and underlines that residents need to change their behaviour.
“Businesses and restaurants play a vital role in getting the situation under control and we will take action where we believe it poses a health risk to residents.”
It is reported that the restaurant has flouted Covid-19 regulations on numerous occasions. David Gill, head of law and democracy for Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, said: “Our team has been working closely with concerned parties regarding the behaviour of this restaurant, with officers of the council compiling evidence since early August.
“We were able to supply the county council with multiple exhibits relating to the lack of social distancing and failure to comply with Covid regulations, to enable them to consult with Public Health and issue the direction notice.
“The borough council will continue to monitor the premises, along with all other businesses to ensure no further breaches are identified and will pass any that are to our partners in the county.”
Covid-19 infection rates in the borough are 145 per 100,000 people – over three times the national and average and placing it second worst in the country.
The news broke form local news reporting at LeicestershireLive, and is not the only restaurant in the area currently forced to close for flouting Covid-19 regulations.
Not only is behaviour like this dangerous to people in the area and all people working in the restaurant, it is one of the reasons why the hospitality industry is being penalised with more stringent regulation and restrictions on trade.
The Tipu Sultan restaurant in Oadby, Leicestershire put their own interests above those of their peers. They, and others like them are in a large part responsible for where we are now as an industry, and further damage consumer confidence in hospitality, giving the government justification for measures to combat their actions.
While 99% of hospitality providers have invested significant time and money in providing ‘safe hospitality’ the actions of a tiny minority undermine the majority who then have to pay the price.
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