Pub closed down as police find drinkers ‘dancing around tables’ on night local lockdown began

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A pub has been ordered to close for a week after inspectors found drinkers “dancing around the tables” on the night RCT’s local lockdown began.

The Bush Inn in Commercial Street, Aberdare, was issued a closure notice on Thursday, September 17 by the council for failing to comply with Covid-19 guidance and regulations, meaning it will close for the next seven days.

Officers from South Wales Police attended the Bush Inn in Aberdare on Thursday night as local restrictions came into force across the whole of Rhondda Cynon Taf following a sharp rise in positive coronavirus cases.

Officers found a “range of issues” and breaches of the regulations taking place at the premises including patrons dancing around the tables, a council spokesman said.

Council officers also issued a premises improvement notice to the Lighthouse in Victoria Square in Aberdare for failing to adhere to the regulations.

RCT council leader Andrew Morgan said: “With an increase in inspections from South Wales Police and the local authority a number of serious breaches of the regulations were found to be taking place when officers arrived at the scene [at the Bush Inn] – including patrons dancing around the tables with a clear disregard for social distancing and the wider situation we find ourselves in.

“The introduction of local restrictions on our county by the Welsh Government is quite clearly an extraordinary measure that is commensurate with the transmission of coronavirus in our community.

“Irresponsible behaviour from patrons and businesses will not help in relaxing or removing the restrictions at the earliest opportunity, which is something we are all desperate to see.”

Cllr Morgan added that the action taken in the case of the Bush Inn was in the interest of public safety and to minimise the risk of further transmission of Covid-19.

He said: “I would like to thank South Wales Police for once again working with the council on enforcing the regulations and I fully support officers in serving the latest premises closure notice at the Bush Inn in Aberdare along with the Lighthouse in Aberdare.”



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