Beira Alta Deli, of West Street in Boston, has had its Alcohol Premises Licence revoked after police licensing officers discovered it open and trading during the Coronavirus lockdown.
During a visit to the premises on 20th May 2020, officers discovered the business open and trading, with customers inside consuming alcohol despite the Government Closure Order which commenced on 21st March 2020.
On Wednesday 29th July a digital hearing was held in front of Boston District Council Licensing Sub-Committee. They agreed with the police that the premises had been caught in breach of the closure order and that they had no confidence in the ability of the owner to promote the licensing objectives. They made the decision to revoke the licence.
Lincolnshire Police initially received an anonymous report from a member of the public that the premises was still open and trading.
Sergeant Kim Enderby, Alcohol Licensing Manager for Lincolnshire Police said: “The overwhelming majority of licensed premises in the county closed and remained closed following the Government order in March, despite the devastating effect to a lot of these business.
“Why this business chose to ignore the legislation and continue trading was never fully explained by the owner, who admitted during the hearing that she understood that she was not allowed to open.
“Not only were customers seen inside drinking but also a number of persons gathered outside the premises drinking coffee they had just purchased. The premises had failed to implement any social distancing measures whatsoever for what they described as takeaway sales; unfortunately nobody was taking it away.
“The COVID-19 Legislation was implemented to prevent the spread of a potentially deadly virus, to just ignore this and continue operating showed a disregard for public safety and the Licensing Objectives.
“The decision of the Council to revoke the licence sends a strong deterrent message to anyone owning or running licensed premises – act lawfully and responsibly, follow the guidance being offered or face losing your licence.”