Coronavirus UK: Hotel manager organized funeral party with 200 guests

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The Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel has also been banned from hosting events (Photo: BMP Media)

A hotel manager who threw a funeral party with 200 guests has been fined £ 10,000 for breaking coronavirus rules.

Castle Bromwich Hall in Solihull has also been banned from holding events until January next year following the large rally on September 25.

The party was interrupted around 9 p.m. after people complained about the loud music coming from the hotel.

West Midlands Police said this was the first maximum fine they had issued since the new rules on social gatherings were implemented last month.

The force said the director had already been warned of violating Covid-19 legislation after a “number of events” had already taken place there without any measures in place for Track and Trace, social distancing or table service.

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The Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council on Monday suspended the hotel owner’s personal license pending review, with a full hearing due to take place later this month.

Solihull is one of four areas in the West Midlands benefiting from increased lockdown measures to control the spread of the virus.

The government has warned people in England to take the restrictions seriously and recently increased fines as part of a series of measures to avoid a second nationwide lockdown.

Gatherings of six or more people are prohibited throughout England, although a limit of 30 people is allowed for funerals. Anyone caught breaking the rule of six can be fined a minimum of £ 200, although fines for illegal parties can be as high as £ 10,000.

Deputy Chief Constable Claire Bell said: “We are going through difficult times and we understand that people want to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away, but we all need to play our part to follow the rules in place to help stop the spread of the virus and for everyone’s safety.

“We talked to everyone at the funeral meeting and explained why they had to leave, which they duly did.

“It is the hotel manager who has been sanctioned for having repeatedly organized events that violate the Covid-19 legislation; its actions have blatantly ignored measures to keep people safe in the event of a pandemic.

Solihull is under heightened measures to control the spread of the virus (Photo: Getty)

“Businesses have a responsibility not only to their customers and staff, but also to the community at large and there must be consequences when the guidelines of Covid-19 are simply ignored.

The officer said police would continue to patrol the streets to break the rules and warned “that we are taking a stronger stance on those who break the restrictions.”

She says; “We understand that some regulations are confusing and we will explain where we find violations, but if people continually flout these measures we will not hesitate to act. ”

Owners of the Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel can appeal the council’s decision to the district court.

The hotel said the manager was no longer working on the site and would no longer comment.

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