Bounty banned from opening after breaking curfew rules

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 4 October 2020

THE BOUNTY pub, based on Hinckley’s Market Place, have been issued with a closure notice for breaching the Government’s restrictions for pubs and restaurants.

The Bounty pub (Mason Moore for Hinckley Free Press)

The closure came into effect effective immediately just two nights ago on Friday 2 October.

The venue were ordered to close by Council bosses at Leicestershire County Council in consultation with Leicestershire Police.

Leicestershire Police have forced the pub to close, leaving the boozer banned from reopening, although it will continue to be reviewed every week.

Banned by Council and Police

The closure came after the venue continued to keep their doors open post-10pm. The pub weren’t adhering to the new ‘curfew’ rule where pubs, restaurants, and bars, have been instructed to close their doors at 10pm.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police explained that concerns surrounded the pub as they were non-compliant with the social distancing rules in place, and they weren’t managing the number of patrons in the pub at one set time.

Council speak on closure

Gary Connors, Head of Regulatory Services for Leicestershire County Council, said: “The pub failed to ensure it followed the order for all hospitality venues in England to close by 10pm.

“There were also concerns about non-compliance with social distancing in how the venue managed a reduced number of people on the premises.

“These concerns constitute a serious and imminent threat to public health and left us with no alternative but to use our new powers.”

Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health for Leicestershire County Council, said: “It is clear from the latest figures that cases are on the rise in much of the county and we all have a role to play in reducing the threat of the virus.

“We will take action where we believe it poses a health risk to residents.”

Hinckley’s Police Sergeant comments

Hinckley Neighbourhood Policing Area Sergeant, James Cross, said: “We’ve been working continually with all premises across the area offering guidance and advice in relation to the government guidelines.

“While the vast majority of premises have worked with us and adhered to Health Protection Regulations, we were left with no choice but to raise our concerns with the local authority regarding The Bounty and its operation.

“The guidelines are in place to protect us all and we need to continue working together to ensure we are all protected.

“We thank those that do continue to work with us in this way. Where we have concerns that guidelines and advice is not being followed, appropriate action will be taken.”

Publican responds

Ankit Thakkar, co-owner of The Bounty, said: “We might not be able to reopen again after this closure.

“This will affect 19 members of staff and their families who rely on their jobs.”

The closure comes at a time when coronavirus rates have risen to 100,000 people in Hinckley and Bosworth and other parts of the county.

The venue last reopened their doors after the lockdown in mid-March on 4 July.

The future of the pub is unknown at this moment in time.

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