Smethwick wedding organizers fined £ 3,000 after 300 people visited the venue during the Covid-19 pandemic

Organizers who “put people at risk” by hosting a wedding for more than 300 people in Sandwell were fined £ 3,000.

West Midlands Police found hundreds of wedding guests in the Prestige Suite on Downing Street, Smethwick, just before 11 p.m. on Friday, June 25.

Police then fined the wedding organizers three £ 1,000 fines for violating Covid-19 restrictions.

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A Sandwell Council spokesman said the agency will now monitor the premises and take action against the venue’s owners if any further incidents occur.

The current rules only allow weddings in locations that are Covid-safe with social distancing.

A Sandwell Council spokesman said: “The organizers blatantly disregarded the Covid-19 regulations and endangered both the guests and the staff of the venue. That is unacceptable and we will be monitoring the venue now. “

Sandwell Police Department Superintendent Phil Asquith said, “During the pandemic, the vast majority of people in the West Midlands followed the rules and helped protect their communities. A small minority have not done so and we need to tackle those who break the rules in this way.

“It’s really important that we keep following the restrictions.”

Wedding venues, restaurants and pubs are reminded to continue to abide by Covid-19 rules to keep customers and employees safe – and ensure the hospitality industry is rebuilt after previous lockdowns.

The current restrictions on weddings include:

  • For wedding venues, the maximum number of participants at a wedding, a registered civil partnership, a reception or a celebration in a COVID-safe location or another location (e.g. a garden of a private house) depends on the number of people (including children) a The venue can be safely housed with social distancing measures in place.
  • Restaurants and pubs that sell alcohol are only allowed to serve customers who are seated. Customers have to sit down to order and have to stay seated while eating and drinking. This also applies to venues with outdoor facilities.
  • The premises must record the details for each customer over 16 years of age for test and trace. You need to have the QR code available for the customer to scan / use and also the option for customers to enter their details manually.
  • In addition to being seated, customers should wear face-covering indoors (unless otherwise required for medical reasons). Signs should be clearly visible to inform customers about the obligation to wear face covering.
  • Personnel must wear face coverings indoors, unless they are separated from customers by a screen or the like and when serving customers at tables.
  • The venues can cater for groups of up to six people or two households of any size indoors. The premises must remain vigilant in this regard and ensure that the tables do not mix with other groups and that social distance is maintained
  • All premises must obey the restrictions placed on them and ensure that customers follow the rules in order to work safely.
  • Customers are advised to move their business elsewhere if they discover that a company is not complying with the Covid-19 rules.
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