Saturday 31 October, 2020

Two bars closed as COVID-19 Monitoring Unit takes further action

Two more bars were closed on Saturday night by the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit.

Officers from the Unit carried out inspections of several bars and nightclubs across the island on August 16 and into this morning, as a result, two establishments were closed while three others received warnings related to infractions of the COVID-19 protocols.

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Accompanied by police officers from the Hastings Police Station, Director Ronald Chapman reported that the Unit closed two Christ Church entities- the Tease Bar in Worthing and the Cove Nightclub in St Lawrence Gap.

Even though operators of the Tease Bar had received a prior warning, a released from the Government Information Service revealed that none of the patrons were wearing face masks. Over at the Cove, several young people were reportedly observed without face masks while partying in a confined space.

Director Chapman said:

“There were so many young people in the nightclub and the risk appeared so great, that we could not take time to count them. Our priority was to clear the area as quickly as possible.”

He issued a reminder to the public that special permission must be sought from the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit for gatherings in excess of 500.

In addition to conducting inspections in Christ Church last night, officers from the Unit also visited establishments in St James, St Peter and St Joseph. Bars in Sion Hill, St Peter, Speightstown, St Peter and Sugar Hill, St Joseph received warnings as a result.

The infractions observed were related to the absence of face shields by bar staff, the placement of stools at the bar and non -compliance with respect to mask wearing by both patrons and bar staff.

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