Audenshaw pub closed by Tameside Council for breach of COVID restrictions

AN AUDENSHAW pub has been closed for breaching coronavirus restrictions despite a previous warning.

The doors at The Snipe Inn will stay closed until November 2 or until measures are in place that ensure staff and customers are not being put at risk.

The Snipe, Audenshaw

While the premises has been noted as ‘broadly compliant’ on previous visits – on October 9, officers observed the premises was busy and failing to comply with the regulations and Government advice.

Incidents witnessed were customers mingling between tables, hugging and kissing each other, large groups of customers were standing together outside smoking and not social distancing and there was a failure of staff in taking effective action to manage the behaviour of customers.

During a planned, follow-up visit to discuss what improvements would be implemented, the pub appeared to be adhering to the regulations and guidelines.

However, only shortly after the visit was completed, two officers were passing the premises and noticed the car park to be full and decided to visit.

Unaware of the visit that had been carried out earlier, officers reported there were at least 20 customers attending a gathering and food was being delivered from an outside caterer.

Councillor Allison Gwynne, executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “The vast majority of our businesses are sticking to the rules to keep staff and customers safe.

“However, this shows that we won’t hesitate to take action against venues which disregard regulations designed to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect residents.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to obey the rules to keep businesses open and keep your loved ones safe. If somewhere isn’t keeping you safe, then please don’t go there, particularly if you’re older or more vulnerable to the virus.

“The rate of Covid-19 infection in Tameside is currently high and has been increasing rapidly in recent weeks. It’s important that all businesses, and their customers, do all they can to minimise the risk of spread.

“We are working closely with Greater Manchester Police, carrying out regular and unannounced visits to premises across the borough. I’m proud of the significant amount of work they are doing and the majority of our businesses who are working hard to stay open and stay safe.”

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