A CONSERVATIVE club has been fined after being found to have broken Covid-19 rules.
The licensed premises in Haughton Green was found by Greater Manchester Police officers to contain people still drinking alcohol at 10.15pm when it should have closed at 10pm.
And a fixed penalty notice of £1,000 was given out after the incident.
The club, on Haughton Green Road, is managed by the Haughton Green Conservative Club Association and its licensee is listed as Michael Glover.
But on Saturday, October 17, it found itself on the wrong side of the law when complaints led to the discovery.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police, who confirmed the fixed penalty notice was for £1,000, told The Correspondent: “We received a report that a premises in Denton was open after the 10pm curfew on a number of occasions.
“Officers attended just after 10.15pm on Saturday, October 17 where a number of people were still on the premises and some were consuming alcohol.
“Officers engaged with the customers and they dispersed as a result.
“An FPN was issued to the owner.”
Covid-19 regulations, especially after the imposition of tier three rules, have seen several bars that do not serve food close their doors.
And Greater Manchester Police, as well as Tameside Council, is expected to make sure they are implemented.
The local authority has been carrying out spot checks and is not afraid to order venues not complying to close.
Before Tier 3 restrictions were imposed, The Snipe Inn in Audenshaw was told to shut its doors for breaching coronavirus regulations after ignoring previous warnings.
On October 9, it was found the pub was busy and failing to comply with the regulations and Government advice.
At another visit, two officers reported there were at least 20 customers attending a gathering and food was being delivered from an outside caterer.
The Jolly Hatters in Denton had also been told to close in response to it posing a ‘serious and imminent threat to public health’.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s 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.”