Press Release

Fine for Neath pub which served customers during lockdown

05 November 2020

Following a joint inspection between Neath Port Talbot Council’s Licensing section and South Wales Police, a fixed penalty notice has been served on a pub in Neath after customers were found drinking there during the fire-break lockdown.

Fine for Neath pub which served customers during lockdown

Using powers under the Welsh Government’s Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (No 3) Regulations 2020, a notice was served on Merlins in Neath following a breach of the regulations which occurred on November 1st, 2020, when officers found members of the public drinking at the premises.

Details of eight customers were taken and work is ongoing with South Wales Police to take enforcement action against them.

A Fixed Penalty Notice – including a fine - was issued to the premises licence holder and the council is now considering whether any further action may be necessary such as a review of the pub’s current licence.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection, Cllr Leanne Jones, said: “Infection rates are clearly rising across Wales and it is imperative that licensees comply with the current fire-break restrictions.

“The council will be taking a robust and positive approach to enforcing non-compliance particularly when it comes to a minority who are openly and deliberately ignoring restrictions aimed at keeping our communities safe.

“We will also work with licensed premises following the end of the current fire-break period to ensure that obligations and responsibilities are being complied with in line with Welsh Government rules”.

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