Two wedding venues forced to close after breaching Covid restrictions – Evening Standard
wo neighbouring west London wedding venues have been forced to close their shutters for three months after repeatedly breaching coronavirus restrictions.
The Milan Palace and Tudor Rose in Southall had their licenses suspended following a hearing in front of the Ealing License Committee on Monday.
The Tudor Rose was handed a £1,000 fine for one breach and the Milan Palace was handed a fine of around £7,000 for three breaches for events which took place between September 25 and October 18.
Chief Superintendent Pete Gardner, West Area policing commander, said: “The brazen actions of these neighbouring venues were completely selfish – they deserve to have their license temporarily stripped for putting their community at risk.
“Likewise, their attempts to ignore the rules shows utter contempt for the thousands of legitimate businesses across London who have made excellent efforts to keep their business Covid secure.
The Milan Palace has had its license temporarily suspended
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“This action alongside Ealing Council should be seen as a warning to those other businesses who flout the rules. Repeated breaches will result in escalated enforcement, which could potentially see licenses being revoked.”
Police Sergeant Guy Rooney said despite giving multiple warnings to both businesses, they took “blatant steps” to ignore instructions.
“It is deeply frustrating to see such a total disregard for the rules, which the vast majority of businesses and Londoners are following to help keep this deadly virus at bay,” he said.
Ealing Council’s regulatory services worked with the police to instruct the neighbouring businesses and other premises about safely operating within the Covid-19 requirements.
Councillor Joanna Camadoo-Rothwell, Ealing Council cabinet member for community safety and inclusion, added: “Enforcement action will be taken against businesses that do not follow the restrictions placed on them.
“We all have a responsibility for ensuring we follow the Covid-19 restrictions and work together to ensure the safety of ourselves and others. We will not hesitate in taking appropriate action against those that flout the regulations.”