Police shut down wedding reception ‘crammed with people’ at Swansea restaurant

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Police shut down a private function after “a large number of people” were found inside a Swansea restaurant.

Officers from South Wales Police were called to Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen, on Mumbles Road, on Thursday night following a report of a large gathering.

When they arrived they found “a large number of people” at what is understood to have been a wedding reception.

The function was shut down by officers and everyone in attendance was forced to leave.

Swansea Council has issued the owners of the restaurant with an immediate closure notice for failing to put measures in place to protect customers.

It now has 14 days to put in place a series of measures to enable two-metre social distancing, controlled use of toilet facilities and to make sure that the layout of the premises can accommodate customers safely.



South Wales Police found “a large number of people” in attendance

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: “South Wales Police responded to a report of a gathering at the Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen, Mumbles Road, Swansea, at approximately 7.10pm on Thursday, September 24.

“Upon arrival officers found large number of people in attendance at a private function.

“The function was shut down and all attendees ordered to leave.

“Further enforcement action by South Wales Police and Swansea Council is currently being considered.”

The gathering came on the eve before the Welsh Government announced that Swansea was going into local lockdown.

Just a week ago the coronavirus infection rate in Swansea was around 12 cases per 100,000. It now stands at 56.3

As well as the situation with Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen, Swansea Council confirmed its trading standards officers have also issued a 48 hour improvement notice to two Aldi stores in Swansea.

The stores in Llansamlet and Gorseinon are both required to make a number of improvements or face closure.

Councillor David Hopkins, cabinet member for delivery and operations and deputy leader, said: “We told businesses that we would take firm action if they failed to comply with Welsh Government rules.

“The latest lockdown measures mean it is now more important than ever that businesses pay attention to the latest regulations so we can keep the public safe and help prevent the spread of the virus.

“Many businesses in the city are doing the right thing, taking their responsibilities seriously and abiding by the rules.

“Those who don’t abide by the rules put their communities at risk and that is unacceptable.”

Adelina’s Bar and Kitchen was contacted for comment.



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