Published September 23, 2020 at 16:22
A direction has been served under the coronavirus regulations to a Rawtenstall licensed premises breaking the current Covid restrictions.
Following reports from the public the council investigated Revival on Bacup Road, Rawtenstall. The council found strong evidence as reported by eye witnesses of a ‘party atmosphere’ with people dancing, singing and congregating in a mass gathering at the venue on 11 September. The council is extremely disappointed that despite repeated guidance and media publicity to adhere to the social distancing guidelines some businesses continue to ignore the wishes of the wider public.
Rossendale Borough Council, working with Lancashire County Council, has taken swift and decisive action issuing the legal direction which will require Revival to close for a period of up to 4 weeks, subject to weekly reviews. They have been requested to put measures in place to address the issues identified.
Councillor Steve Hughes stated: “It is really disappointing to see that this local venue has put the health of local people at risk in clear contravention of the Covid restrictions.
“As a council we have been working really hard with local businesses to support their compliance.
“The vast majority of businesses have supported this work. The council will take firm action where there is evidence businesses are not following the guidelines.”
Over the last two weeks the council has visited all business premises in Rossendale’s four town centres and continues to monitor premises outside normal working hours.
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire County Council, said: “Following public health concerns, we have issued this premises with a Direction under the Coronavirus Regulations, which means it cannot currently open.
“Whilst the majority of our pubs and restaurants are acting responsibly, it was disappointing to see lack of social distancing being maintained to keep customers safe at this venue.
“It is important we take measures such as this to ensure there isn’t an increase in cases which could subsequently trigger a wide economic lock down.
“I urge every business to play their part to protect our communities from a second wave by strictly following COVID safe guidance.”
New restrictions came into force on Tuesday 22nd September, as Rossendale entered a pan-Lancashire tighter set of guidelines.