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Direction to close individual premises

Updated 7.35am Monday 28 September 2020

 

Direction to close an individual premises

A Direction to close an individual premises has been issued to Sanam, 587 Stockport Road, Manchester. M13 0RX  requiring the premises to close from 17:30 on Friday 25th September 2020. The reasons for issuing the Direction are as follows:

a) This direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health.
Restrictions on gatherings have been implemented in Manchester due to rising coronavirus infection rates. Gatherings between different households are of particular concern and are increasing transmission rates. The number of outbreaks in the hospitality sector is increasing. Manchester has been experiencing an increase in the number and rate of new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past month such that the local authority is now on the governments watchlist. This indicates that the rate of increase in new cases of COVID-19 in Manchester is amongst the highest in England. Local data suggests that the majority of new cases of COVID-19 are occurring in the community, that is, within peoples own households, rather than in communal establishments, such as residential care or nursing homes. We also know that an increasing proportion of new cases of COVID-19 are in younger people. 
These two factors combined mean that hospitality settings have the potential to be a particularly potent source of transmission for COVID-19 if these premises are not managed in a way that is compliant with the current regulations.

b) This direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the Authority’s area.
The premises to which this direction relates has failed to implement appropriate social distancing controls within the main banqueting hall at the premises to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and has failed to adhere to the Greater Manchester restrictions limiting wedding events to a maximum of 30 people.

Greater Manchester Police  visited Sanam Restaurant, 587 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester M13 0RX at approximately 1930hrs on Thursday 24 September 2020. A number of officers attended reports of a large gathering at the premises. An officer counted the number of guests upon arrival to be 71 in total. From the footage officers believe it is clear that it is one large event taking place with various people moving between groups around the room rather than a restaurant operating normally with various independent tables within the venue. DJ equipment with speakers and disco lighting was also set up.

There was no enforced social distancing whatsoever and management did not control people’s movement within the premises to help prevent the transmission of COVID 1. There was also no enforced seating of the guests at the tables of 6 which is a requirement at hospitality premises, which was demonstrated by the officers witnessing 20 people stood and congregated together.

c) The prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by this direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.
Manchester is seeing an increasing rate of new COVID-19 cases and now has a higher rate than most other areas in the country. We must act quickly to stop any further increase in infection rates to protect our residents. Consideration has been given to issuing another warning, issuing a Direction to restrict numbers at the venue however due to the lack of appropriate control being implemented at the premises and the lack of understanding of risk and COVID secure arrangements demonstrated by premises management, closure of the premises is required to protect public health and limit the spread of coronavirus.
 

Direction to stop events

The below Direction order for the Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irishtown Way, Manchester, England, M8 0AE has been revised after undertakings offered by the premises.  The following conditions now override the previous ones:

  • No external events will take place at the premises.
  • At events taking place inside the premises, all Track and Trace details will be taken by staff on arrival before anyone is seated.
  • A one way system will be in force through the building.
  • A maximum of 2 persons will be allow in the toilets at any one time.
  • A maximum of 30 people will be allowed for funerals as per national guidance.
  • A maximum of 15 people will be allowed for weddings as per national guidance.
  • No music will be played above a background level.
  • There will be no live music, bands or DJs.
  • Tables will be for a maximum of 6 and will all be from the same household.

Direction to stop an event published 10 September 2020

A direction to close an individual premises has been issued to Tinapa, 853 Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, requiring the premises to close from 10am on Friday 11 September 2020. The reasons for issuing the direction are as follows:

This direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health

Restrictions on gatherings have been implemented in Manchester, and now across England, due to rising coronavirus infection rates. Gatherings between different households are of particular concern and are increasing transmission rates.

Manchester has been experiencing an increase in the number and rate of new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past month and a significant increase in the past week, such that the local authority is now on the government's watchlist and on ‘red alert’. This indicates that the rate of increase in new cases of COVID-19 in Manchester is amongst the highest in England. Local data suggests that the majority of new cases of COVID-19 are occurring in the community, rather than in communal establishments, such as residential care or nursing homes. We also know that an increasing proportion of new cases of COVID-19 are in younger people. 

These two factors combined mean that hospitality settings have the potential to be a particularly potent source of transmission for COVID-19 if these premises are not managed in a way that is compliant with the current regulations.

This direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the Authority’s area

The premises to which this direction relates has failed to implement appropriate social distancing controls, and failed to manage large groups outside the premises to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Council Officers attended the premises on the 14th August 2020 to conduct an inspection of measures in place. It was established that the premises had no risk assessment in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The premises was warned during the visit and by letter sent on the 1st September 2020.

On the 5th September 2020 it was brought to Council Officers attention that the premises was failing to implement social distancing controls. A video showed a large group of people congregating around a table, dancing and shouting with loud entertainment being played by a DJ. It was confirmed that the incident was due to a booking of 15 people for a birthday party. It was also established that on the night tables were positioned close together (less than 1m) and the premises manager could be seen shaking hands and moving from table to table.  The premises management were again warned about this conduct.

Council Officers attended again in the early hours of Sunday morning (6th September). Officers entered the premises and found loud music being played by a DJ, groups of people stood up drinking alcohol, large groups were sat together with 8 plus people around one table. A large group of 20 – 30 people were congregating outside. The premises management had no control of this crowd and allowed a group of 10 people into the premises together for one booking. 

Despite previous visits to the premises and advice to rectify these issues, appropriate action has not been taken by the management of the premises.

The prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by this direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.

Manchester is seeing an increasing rate of new COVID-19 cases and now has a higher rate than most other areas in the country. We must act quickly to stop any further increase in infection rates to protect our residents. 

Consideration has been given to issuing another warning, issuing a Direction to restrict numbers at the venue or prevent queues from forming however due to the lack of appropriate controls being implemented at the premises and the lack of understanding of risk and covid secure arrangements demonstrated by premises management, closure of the premises is required to protect public health and limit the spread of coronavirus.

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