Coronavirus: nine prohibition notices issued following violations of directives

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Police have issued blackout notices to nine licensed establishments in Northern Ireland for violating coronavirus guidelines.

A ban notice means the site must close and remain closed until police are satisfied the rules can be obeyed.

They were issued during the week until Monday, August 24.

We know that one notice was served on Banbridge, two on Irvinestown, two on Roslea and one on Tempo.

NI Health Minister Robin Swann on Thursday said there had been “blatant disregard” for Covid-19 regulations by some in the hospitality industry, and he would call on the executive to “Prioritize” stronger legislation to deal with the problem. NI Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020.

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Hospitality Ulster chief executive Colin Neill said licensed premises that do not meet Covid-19 guidelines should be closed.

However, he added that the government’s current directions were “too vague and lacking in power.”

“Unfortunately, the vast majority end up suffering because of these people,” he said.

“We wrote to the Minister of Health asking him to turn the guidelines into laws to make them binding and then crack down on anyone who breaks the regulations and puts people’s lives at risk. ”

The PSNI indicates that, where appropriate, advice and guidance will be provided to ensure continued and peaceful enjoyment of the services.

A prohibition notice requires a place to end what enforcement officers consider dangerous activity – in this case, violations of the NI 2020 Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulation.

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