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Romford and Upminster businesses fined for breaking Covid-19 regulations

People were found dancing in the Lefke Restaurant and Bar (credit: Google Maps)

Havering Council has fined two local businesses a total of £1,200 for breaking Covid-19 regulations. 

Enforcement officers found people dancing at the premises of the Lefke Restaurant and Bar, in Upminster, during one visit. 

They charged the owners of the establishment £1,000 for breaching coronavirus rules which were previously in place. 

Under the latest set of Covid-19 measures, restaurants must close although they are still allowed to provide takeaways. 

Meanwhile, the owner of the De Quilox Lounge and Bar, in Romford, was issued a fixed penalty notice of £200. 

This was after enforcement officers were obstructed while trying to enter the venue to carry out an inspection. 

“Our officers are working extremely hard to support businesses to help them keep Covid-19 secure, remain open and welcome customers in a safe and healthy environment,” said Councillor Viddy Persaud.

“What we will not accept is the prevention of our officers performing their duties of inspection.

“Many of these are reported to us by residents.

“Where businesses flout the rules, we will take strong enforcement action including using FPNs and if necessary taking legal proceedings.”

The council’s enforcement teams have carried out nearly 4,000 face-to-face visits to businesses throughout the pandemic. 

They found 83 per cent of them were compliant with regulations and arranged follow up visits with those that were not. 

Residents can report a Covid-19 related concern involving a business by calling 01708 432777.

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