London Covid: Barnet bar shut down for ‘flouting lockdown’ rules and throwing 30-person party

A North London bar has been shut down after being discovered internet hosting a lockdown-breaching occasion with 30 folks and inflicting “distress to neighbours”.

The Pink & Black Restaurant & Bar on Excessive Street, Barnet, had its alcohol and music licence stripped by a council committee.

On January 9, police attended the venue to search out the occasion underway and broke it up whereas issuing 30 fastened penalty discover fines for breaches of Covid laws.

This was inside 24 hours of Mayor Sadiq Khan declaring a “main incident” in London.

The fines begin out at £200 for the primary offence and hold doubling with each additional offence.

A councillor described the choice to carry a rule-breaking occasion throughout a pandemic as “completely reckless”.

Barnet Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee met on February 4 and heard that there have been a string of earlier complaints about late night time music on the bar.

One resident residing close by advised the committee that the music was so loud it could trigger the partitions to throb and that the noise would usually proceed nicely into the night time – on one event till 8am on a Monday.

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Councillor John Marshall, Chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee, mentioned: “This venue has brought on distress to neighbours, and to host a celebration attended by a lot of folks on the top of the pandemic is completely reckless. At this stage there may be no excuse for licence holders not realizing the foundations and what their obligations are.

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“Given the seriousness of the considerations, there was no different possibility however to revoke the licence.

“I hope this sends out a really clear message to licensees that this type of disruption to the lives of residents and flagrant disregard for the foundations is not going to be tolerated.”

Police have supported the license being revoked however the bar has 21 days to attraction the choice.

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