Birmingham bar’s licence revoked for flouting Covid-19 rules
A Jewellery Quarter bar had its licence revoked by the city council’s Licensing Sub-Committee after it was found to be breaching Covid-19 guidelines.
PB’s Bar, at 54-57 Key Hill, Hockley, was described by Public Health as ‘one of the worst examples we could wish to see’ at any licensed premises during a pandemic.
The bar’s licence was revoked under the Licensing Act 2003, after West Midlands Police told at an expedited review on Monday (14 September 2020) how officers witnessed its failure to observe Government guidance to comply with Covid-19 regulations on at least seven occasions – with no social distancing or limiting the number of people on the premises – since early August.
In addition to the premises licence being revoked, Nickeshia Reid-Davidson will be removed as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS), and the bar’s licence remains suspended pending any appeal hearing.
Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr Ian Ward, said: "Businesses have a responsibility - not only to their staff and customers - but to the wider community and there must be consequences when COVID-19 guidance is simply ignored. This is deadly serious and Birmingham City Council will continue to work with West Midlands Police to enforce the guidelines.
“Reports had been made to the council and the police that PB’s Bar failed to follow Government guidance and was operating with no regard for social distancing or public health.
“The way in which this premises was being run was endangering the public by risking the spread of COVID-19: It is this kind of behaviour that has contributed to restrictions being placed on Birmingham to try and control the sharp rise in cases in the city.”
Superintendent Gareth Morris, head of Neighbourhood Policing in Birmingham West, said: “It is regrettable that action had to be taken to close a business, particularly in the current climate where many businesses are struggling to recover.
“Officers and licensing staff made several attempts to advise the DPS but guidance was ignored and safe working practices were consistently breached. In light of the risks to public safety action was taken accordingly.
“This course of action was not taken lightly and it should act as a deterrent to the minority of premises which may still be breaching COVID-19 guidelines, that we will take such matters seriously.”
Birmingham City Council has reminded businesses that they must follow Government guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This includes ensuring customers and staff comply with social distancing and wear appropriate PPE and face coverings (unless exempt and where required), adhering to test and trace systems, and in hospitality industries, ensuring the “rule of six” is applied.
To report a business which is putting staff and/or customers at risk, visit https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/xfp/form/755 or call 0121 303 1116.
For the latest Government advice on Covid-19, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Notes to Editors:
The council has issued a safety guide to businesses in Birmingham, asking them to follow five simple rules in order to be Covid-19 safety compliant:
- Maintain 2m social distancing
- Wash hands and use hand sanitiser
- Increase cleaning in the workplace
- Wear face coverings where appropriate.
- Your staff are a precious resource ensure staff with symptoms do not work and get tested to prevent your business having to close.
In addition, members of the public should be vigilant and ask themselves the following questions when entering a business to ensure their safety:
- Has the business asked for your name and contact details for test and trace?
- Does the business have adequate space in-between tables/seating for social distancing?
- Are the staff wearing PPE?
- Are tables and chairs being thoroughly cleansed in-between reservations?
- Is there handwash and sanitiser readily available?