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Langs cocktail bar fined for breaching covid rules

Published Wednesday 9 June, 2021
Last updated on Wednesday 9 June, 2021

A local business has been fined £1,000 for breaching covid legislation.

Lang’s cocktail bar on St Michael’s Road in Sittingbourne was fined £1,000 by Swale Borough Council last month (25 May) after failing to adhere to covid legislation.

During step two of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown from 12 April to 17 May, hospitality venues could serve customers outside. To qualify as outdoors, outside areas had to be less than 50 per cent enclosed.

Following up on a complaint, the council found that Lang’s outside area was too enclosed to qualify as a usable outside space.

Cllr Angela Harrison, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at the council said:

“Our covid compliance officer visited Lang’s cocktail bar in Sittingbourne last month following a complaint about their outside area.

“We discussed possible options with the business owners that could make their outside area covid compliant. However, these changes were not made, and the business continued to operate illegally.

“As a result, they were fined £1,000 for non-compliance with covid regulations.

“Since the introduction of step one of the roadmap on 29 March, we’ve followed up on 23 complaints, and spoken to 58 businesses who contacted us for advice. Our covid marshals also carried out more than 50 business checks every week during May.

“The majority of businesses are following government guidelines and are covid compliant. However, we will fine those that deliberately ignore the need to operate a safe environment for customers and staff.”

Visit the government’s business support page for more information www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19.