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Bedfords' licensing review outcome

Published on Wednesday, 17th February 2021

On Wednesday 17 February 2021 the council’s licensing sub-committee revoked the premises license for Bedfords at 1 Old Post Office Yard, Norwich.

It was found that on the evening of Wednesday 4 November 2020 the premises licence holder failed to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus restrictions) Regulations 2020 by allowing dancing and no social distancing to take place at the premises.

The sub-committee was extremely concerned that this was a very serious incident which breached the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder and public safety.

Following evidence provided at the hearing, committee members agreed to revoke the licence.

A spokesperson for Norwich City Council said: “It is unfortunate that this decision has had to be made today but it was evident that the license holder failed to recognise the seriousness of the threat to public health that Covid-19 presents and the importance of behaving in accordance with legislation and guidance in order to control the spread of the virus.

“We hope this sends a message to others that breaching the regulations will be dealt with robustly to ensure everyone’s safety.

“Thank you to the public and the overwhelming majority of businesses that have continued to follow and respect all the Covid-19 government restrictions.”

To watch the council's licensing sub-committee meeting and other virtual meetings, visit Norwich City Council's YouTube Channel.