Inverclyde Now Logo EMERGENCY Measures Used To Force Greenock Pub To Shut Down

23 March, 2020 | Local

A MAN was arrested after an alleged stand-up fight outside a Greenock pub which stayed open despite Government coronavirus measures.

Police responded to a disturbance outside Cheers Bar in West Stewart Street around 6pm on Saturday.

The pub has continued trading in defiance of the Scottish Government’s recommendations that all pubs and clubs close as part of a preventative response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

On police arrival a number of persons were in the street and a 51-year-old man was arrested for allegedly engaing in a stand-up fight with another male who has still to be traced.

The premises re-opened for trading on Sunday despite Scottish Government repeatedly urging all pubs to close.

Sergeant Jason Logsdon said: “No specific powers existed to enforce this request and the Government was relying on the co-operation of landlords to do the right thing.

“As such officers attended and invoked emergency powers under the Licencing Scotland Act to close the premises temporarily on safety grounds.”