Inverclyde Now Logo ‘APPALLED’ Councillors Revoke Licence Of Greenock Pub That Stayed Open Despite Covid-19 Closure Guidance

26 June, 2020 | Local

A GREENOCK pub which stayed open despite Government coronavirus measures has lost its alcohol licence.

Councillors on Inverclyde Licensing Board also revoked the licence of the premises licence-holder for Cheers, West Stewart Street.

A spokesman said: “Inverclyde Licensing Board met this afternoon to review the licence of I Ellis Enterprises Ltd, license-holder for Cheers premises in Greenock.

“This meeting, the first to be conducted by video conference, followed a review request from Police Scotland.”

The board heard that the premises continued to remain open after the Scottish Government guidance that premises should close to support the public health measures as part of the national coronavirus (covid-19) response.

They also heard that during that time there were incidences of public disorder witnessed.

The statement continued: “The board were appalled at the behaviour and conduct of the owner and clientele who attended these premises on the days in question.

“There were flagrant examples of public health breaches and contraventions of licensing objectives.

“The owner had previously received a warning regarding the future operational model of the premises and had chosen to ignore this.

“Additionally he had chosen to ignore the guidance from Government on the dangers of spreading the virus.

“There were clear breaches of order both in and directly outside the premises which the board considered were in violation of public safety .

“The board decided unanimously to revoke both the premises licence and the licence of the premises licence-holder with immediate effect.”

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