A pub in Erdington, a suburb of Birmingham, England, has been fined £1,000 for breaching COVID-19 restrictions by hosting a wedding party involving an estimated 60 to 70 people, according to police.
West Midlands Police said officers on a coronavirus patrol entered The Greyhound pub at midnight “to find a wedding party with drinks still being served, a DJ set up and a gazebo in the garden.”
Bodycam footage released of the incident gives the date as September 26. On September 24, all pubs, bars, and restaurants in England were ordered to close at 10 pm by the government.
Police said they had received a complaint from a member of the public. When police arrived, they found between 60 and 70 people, with no social distancing being observed.
Sergeant Nick Giess, licensing lead for Birmingham, said in a statement: "This was a double whammy of breaches. Not only were they hosting a wedding party of around 60, which was twice the number allowed at the time, but they were still open at midnight with no signs of shutting down.
“No officer wants to barge in on someone’s wedding day – but we’ve got a duty to enforce these new rules to protect not only the guests, but their loved ones and the people they’ll come into contact with."
Police said they had chosen not to fine the guests, but that those running licensed premises “should know better.” Credit: West Midlands Police via Storyful