Beach bar owner gets slap on the wrist after Brits queue for pints in heatwave
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The owners of a beach bar have been given a slap on the wrist after they were caught selling alcohol despite it being forbidden under current Covid rules.
The Beach Bar on Cleethorpes Promenade was issued with a coronavirus prohibition notice after huge queues started building in the sun with thirsty punters.
According to GrismbyLive, customers were seen queuing in baking temperatures for up to 40 minutes to be served with an alcoholic drink.
North East Lincolnshire licensing officers eventually brought the frivolities to an end when a notice was served on the premises, ordering it to stop selling booze.
Owner Kash Pung was left furious claiming the business was "exempt" and frustrated he was not given the opportunity to explain.
"They are making it harder for businesses in Cleethorpes that are just trying to provide a service. I have always worked with the council but this is making it harder," he said.
Kash, opened the roadside venue a year ago and has been shut down for most of that time due to coronavirus restrictions.
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Bars and pubs remain closed, but he opened up this week as the latest lockdown restrictions eased on Monday, (March 29).
Kash was operating a click and collect service where customers pre-order with a text message and insists he was following regulations after taking advice from a leading licensing consultant.
He said before the notice was served: "We came down just to do a clean up ready for the venue to open for slushy drinks. People kept asking if they could have a drink as well.
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"So with the new regulations in place, I thought we should provide the service.
"We are making people happy and giving Cleethorpes a service. The first thing people say is 'Ah,'" because they have not had a drink for months."
Takeaway pints are only allowed to be served from April 12 when pubs with outside areas are also permitted to open.
Whereas previously during the pandemic pubs and bars were allowed to serve takeaway drinks despite being closed, this was not allowed during the latest lockdown.
A spokesman from North East Lincolnshire Council said: “Following reports about a premises in Cleethorpes, we can confirm that Council officers took legal advice and have served a prohibition notice this evening.
“This notice requires the premises to cease trading immediately, in line with current Government COVID legislation.”
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