Pub shut by council for dancing customers and loud music speaks out
Written by Rother Radio News on 24/09/2020
A Sheffield pub has spoken out after Sheffield City Council shut down a number of venues in the city for breaching coronavirus rules.
The Malin Bridge Inn took to Facebook to “clear up a few rumours” following reports that people had been found “hugging and kissing” in pubs around the city.
The landlord of the pub, in Malin Bridge, said they had received a “routine visit” from Sheffield Council over the weekend to check it was following the coronavirus rules.
It was during the council’s visit that customers apparently began “dancing” at their table, forcing the authority to close the pub down.
They said: “We want to clear up a few rumours and clarify the reasons why we were closed after Sunday night.
“Saturday evening we had a routine visit from the council to check that we were following the government rules and regulations, and unfortunately the council walked in as a couple of people decided to stand up and dance at their table.
“At the meeting today it was also confirmed that the music was too loud (for the new COVID-19 rules and regulations) and contributed to people wanting to get up from their table and dance.”
The pub said that they “must stress” that they did not condone that behaviour, nor did they “turn a blind eye” towards it.
They said that they ask customers every weekend to sit down, not mix tables and to “generally follow the rules” when in the pub.
The pub said that they wanted customers to be aware that the reports of customers “hugging and kissing” did not come from the Malin Bridge Inn, as the only breach they had recorded was the customers dancing on the tables and the music being too loud.
“The licensing bodies for our city are under extreme pressure with ever changing rules and strict instructions from above,” they added.
“Over the weekend they were instructed that any businesses breaking any of the rules will no longer get a warning and will be issued a closure notice,” the pub said.
The pub has reopened today for usual trade and the announcement has been met with joy from their regulars.
“Hurray. I thought it was strange as I know you keep on top of things xxx well done for sorting quickly xxx,” one said.
Another said: “Fantastic news, keep up the fabulous work xx.”