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Closure order issued by Gardaí in North West 21.12.20

AN Garda Síochána in the North West have issued the first closure order on a licensed premises under the Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers Covid-19) Act 2020.
Gardaí continue to work with licensed premises, carrying out Inspections to ensure compliance with public health guidelines and regulations. Thousands of inspections of licensed premised were carried out from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th December and the vast majority continue to be compliant.
However, last weekend Gardaí in the North West Region issued the first ‘Immediate Closure Order’ to a licensed premises. Despite repeated engagement by local Gardaí with the licensee, Gardaí continued to observe breaches of Covid-19 regulations including persistent non-compliance with requirement to serve a substantial meal, in addition to non-adherence to public health guidelines, resulting in the local superintendent issuing an ‘Immediate Closure Order’ on the premises for the remainder of that date. A further file will be prepared for consideration by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Over the last 48 hours An Garda Síochána has continued to detect breaches of Covid-19 regulations by licensed premises in the North West region...

• Hotel premises inspected at 9.20pm - Roughly 100 persons in the function room. No social distancing, no food served, groups gathered on tables numbering 12 or more, a number of persons intoxicated in the room. Lounge down stairs had around 50 persons drinking and reception area similar, while outside car loads began to arrive but turned back.

• Licensed premises checked at 8.30pm - Little evidence of food being consumed, approximately 80 people on the premises drinking alcohol. No times on contact tracing register, no order book, nine individual invoices with an average of three meals on each, dates on these had been changed. Kitchen inspected - no food being cooked.

The Covid-19 pandemic remains a public health crisis and a real threat to everyone, particularly the most vulnerable in our society. The virus is still spreading and it is still leading to serious illness and death.
An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to everyone in Inishowen to comply with public health guidelines and regulations in order to continue to save lives.
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