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Coronavirus: Harrogate pub served prohibition notice

Coronavirus: Harrogate pub served prohibition notice

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 1:40pm 1st June 2020. (Updated at 1:41pm 1st June 2020)

A pub landlord in Harrogate, who set up tables and chairs on the roadside for customers to drink take-out beer, has been served a prohibition notice.

  • The Coach & Horses pub in Harrogate has been served a prohibition notice by the council.  
  • It's after tables and chairs were set up on the roadside for customers on Sunday.  
  • Pubs are allowed to offer take away food and drink but not offer any kind of beer garden.  

Harrogate Borough Council issued the warning to The Coach & Horses, on West Park, Harrogate, on Sunday - after concerns were raised that customers were ignoring social distancing rules.

The council said while pubs are allowed to offer take away food and drink, they are not permitted to operate any kind of beer garden within – or near – their property.

A council spokesman said:

“Our enforcement team visited the town centre on Saturday.  Breaches of the lockdown regulations were witnessed.

 “Advice was given to the licensees of two premises, reminding them of the law.

“Sadly, one premises – the Coach and Horses – opened again on the Sunday.  Although the licensee followed the initial advice, a further breach of the regulations was committed.

 “Our officers returned to the premises the same day and a prohibition notice was served.

“While on site, our staff were subjected to verbal abuse from customers.

“We will take all necessary enforcement action if a business breaks the current coronavirus lockdown legislation.”

The prohibition order could lead to the loss of the landlord’s alcohol licence.  Ignoring the order could also lead to criminal charges.

Pubs and restaurants were ordered to shut on March 20th, as part of the UK’s attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week hinted that pubs could reopen before July.