Published: Friday, 18 September 2020
A closure notice has been issued to a restaurant in Oadby for not complying with social distancing rules.
The direction requires Tipu Sultan restaurant, located on The Parade, to close to the public for at least a month and has been served by Leicestershire County Council in consultation with Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.
Gary Connors, head of regulatory services for Leicestershire County Council, said: “The order has been issued following non-compliance with social distancing as well as other issues brought to our attention about the use of the premises. The concerns constitute a serious and imminent threat to public health and given the rapid rise of cases in the borough, we have no alternative but to use our new powers.”
Mike Sandys, director of public health for Leicestershire County Council, said: “This steep rise in cases in the borough is off the scale – and underlines that residents need to change their behaviour.
“Businesses and restaurants play a vital role in getting the situation under control and we will take action where we believe it poses a health risk to residents.”
David Gill, Head of Law and Democracy for Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, said: "Our team has been working closely with concerned parties regarding the behaviour of this restaurant, with officers of the Council compiling evidence since early August. We were able to supply the County Council with multiple exhibits relating to the lack of social distancing and failure to comply with COVID regulations, to enable them to consult with Public Health and issue the direction notice.
"The Borough Council will continue to monitor the premises, along with all other businesses to ensure no further breaches are identified and will pass any that are to our partners in the County."
New measures announced by the Government today mean that from 22 September, residents cannot socialise with people they don’t live with in private homes and gardens.
The move comes after rates in the borough shot up to 145 per 100,000 people – over three times the national and Leicestershire averages – and placing it second in the country.
The Government has given councils new powers to help prevent, contain and manage local coronavirus outbreaks – and this means that from 18 July, councils can impose prohibitions, requirements or restrictions in relation to individual premises.
Restrictions can relate to the number of people in the premises, the purposes for which a person is in the premises and the facilities in the premises.
To take any action, the council needs to demonstrate that three conditions are met: it responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health, it’s necessary to prevent the spread of infection and that it’s proportionate. We’re required to gather evidence, consult the police and others and consider the impact on different groups of people.
The restaurant has the right to appeal and the notice will be reviewed in a week’s time.