By Rachael Grealish
Another Cumbrian pub has fallen foul to breaching COVID-19 restrictions and has been fined £1,000.
Cumbria Police has issues a fine to the Barrow pub, Chandlers in Ramsden Dock Road, following a breach on Friday October 9.
Unlike other venues which were caught staying open later than 10pm Chandlers was found to have failed to ensure customers were seated when ordering or consuming food or drink.
Superintendent Sarah Jackson said: “This is the latest fine to be issued to a bar or venue in Cumbria for a breach of restrictions.
“Most pubs are complying with the regulations and our thanks go out to those businesses for their efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.
“But this shows we will take action when it is necessary to do so.”
Councillor Ann Thomson, the leader of Barrow Borough Council, said: “Coronavirus is a significant threat to the health of our residents and our teams are working alongside colleagues in the police to make sure businesses are operating safely across the borough.
“The majority are taking the restrictions very seriously and operating within the rules.
“Those who fail to comply, however, face a hefty fine. Everyone must do all they can to limit the spread of COVID-19 through our communities.”
Prior to this police reported another venue in The south Cumbrian town, Barrow Raiders Rugby Football Club, was fined on September 26 after it was found the club, holding a marquee public function, allowed people of different groups to mingle and allowed people to be up and dancing without maintaining appropriate distances.
Venues in Cockermouth, Egremont and Whitehaven have also received fines for breaching coronavirus restrictions for staying open later than 10pm.
Barrow-in-Furness is currently under tier 2 restrictions pubs and other hospitality businesses must be closed between 10pm and 5am every night.
In Tier 2 areas pubs and bars are still allowed to open, subject to COVID-secure guidelines.
However you cannot meet with people outside your household in Tier 2 areas in any indoor settings – including pubs.
So if you want to visit a pub in a Tier 2 area, you can only attend with members of your own household or support bubble – or sit outside.