DROYLSDEN Football Club has been closed down for breaching coronavirus regulations and posing a “serious and imminent risk to public health”.
The Butchers Arms Ground was today (23 October 2020) served a Direction to Close Notice by Tameside Council to prevent the spread of coronavirus after visits by environmental health officers found significant breaches to regulations and insufficient control measures in place to help keep visitors, staff and players safe.
The rate of Covid-19 infection in Tameside is currently high and has been increasing rapidly in recent weeks. Latest data shows that Tameside has seen 766 new cases in Tameside in the last week. This means that there is an increasing chance of transmission across the community, especially where large numbers of people congregate. It is also important to note that the rate of hospital admissions, ICU admissions and deaths in Tameside have also been increasing in recent weeks.
People coming into close contact in crowded spaces, without sufficient measures to reduce the amount of contact (reduced numbers; social distancing; physical barriers; signage & floor markings; active marshalling of movement of people), greatly increases the risk of transmission of Covid-19. Sadly this premise has continually failed to follow the appropriate guidance and put appropriate control measures in place necessary to prevent and protect against the potential further spread of infection.
Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for enforcement Cllr Allison Gwynne said: “We have been working closely with the police to advise and support businesses and venues to operate safely and the vast majority are complying. Where issues are found we work closely with them to address and resolve.
“Unfortunately in this case, our advice has not been taken on board and there is a clear and serious risk to public health. Public health and keeping the local community safe is of utmost importance to us and we won’t hesitate in taking robust action against businesses and premises that fail to comply and pose a threat.”
The decision will remain in force until 2 November 2020.