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First Bristol venue to be fined for breaching Covid rules

By bristol247, Monday Oct 26, 2020

A venue in Old Market has become the first in Bristol to be fined for breaching coronavirus rules.

After multiple inspections were carried out by the city council and police, the owner was given a £1,000 fixed penalty notice by the police.

The venue on West Street is now banned from holding any ‘club style’ events including the provision of a DJ, live music and the sale of alcohol.

Inspections found that at the Jack of Diamonds:

  • no Covid 19-secure risk assessment or a track and trace system was in place
  • social distancing and face covering guidelines were not being adhered to
  • the premise was remaining open past the current government curfew
  • alcohol was being consumed and available for sale in the unlicensed premise

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Steve Pearce, cabinet member for waste, commercialisation & regulatory services at Bristol City Council, said: “This behaviour is jeopardising other businesses that are complying with the rules and playing their part in keeping Bristol open safely.

“The direction to cease services is necessary at this point in time to prevent people attending the premise, as we are clear that their operations are putting people at risk of Covid-19 transmission.”

The direction will remain in place until January 22 2021 unless the Jack of Diamonds is able to comply with the restrictions.

Inspector Rob Cheeseman at Avon & Somerset Police added: “Officers attended the Jack of Diamonds in the early hours of Sunday 18 October to find a party taking place, attended by in excess of 80 people.

“This is a prime example of a thoughtless and harmful breach of the restrictions which we cannot allow to take place.”

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