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Direction to close individual premises

Direction to close ARMR Store, Polygon Street, Manchester M13 9SG

A Direction to close an individual premises has been issued to ARMR Store, The Polygon, Polygon Street, Manchester, England, M13 9SG requiring the premises to close from Monday 18 January 2021.

This action has been taken for the following reasons:

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

Restrictions on hospitality venues such as cafes and restaurants have been implemented throughout England due to rising Coronavirus infection rates. Gatherings between different households are of particular concern and are increasing transmission rates.  To reduce social contact, the regulations require hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, to close with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway.

England has been experiencing an increase in the number and rate of new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) over a few months. We are aware that approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. We also know that an increasing proportion of new cases of COVID-19 are in younger people.  These factors mean that premises like this must close as required by COVID-19 legislation in order to reduce the spread of the virus.  

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 close to reduce the spread of the virus and has permitted people to eat at the business venue. 

On 14 January 2021, GMP officers visited ARMR Store, The Polygon, Polygon Street, Manchester, England, M13 9SG following reports of numerous people being inside the premises without face masks. Officers noted approximately 15-20 people inside, all adults who were not wearing face masks or socially distancing, there was music playing and customers around the shop eating food and browsing the store. There was additionally a gathering taking place in the back room with no Covid secure measures in place. There appeared to be a complete disregard for COVID regulations.

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

There was lack of engagement with officers at the premises, these were deliberate breaches with no attempt to comply with the Regulations, the premises refused to speak to officers when they attended and closed the shutters.  This means that there is a lack of confidence that covid secure measures will be implemented quickly. There are plenty of other food stores in the area so the public will still be able to access essential goods. 

 

Direction to close 17-19 Bury New Road, Manchester, M8 8FW

A direction to close an individual premises has been issued to 17-19 Bury New Road, Manchester, M8 8FW requiring the premises to close from Wednesday 9 December 2020.

This action has been taken for the following reasons:

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

Manchester has been experiencing an increase in the number of new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the City is currently under Tier 3 restrictions – ‘Very High 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 areas in the North of the City and Cheetham Hill in particular is an area with high infection rates. These infection rates have remained persistent over several months.   

Small, cramped, unventilated commercial settings such as this one, with a complete failure of management and covid secure controls to protect both staff and customers, have the potential to be a potent source of transmission for COVID-19 if these premises are not managed in a way that is compliant with the current regulations. 

2. 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 covid secure measures, and failed to manage customers within the premises.  

On 3 December 2020 Home Office Immigration, Trading Standards and the Police attended the execution of a warrant at the premises. On arrival Immigration Officers found a room contained 6 customers and 2 employees. None were wearing masks. There was no signage relating to covid precautions and no hand sanitiser provided. The customers had been locked into the premises when enforcement agencies arrived in the area and were unable to leave until the door was removed.  The first floor had 5 people within it none of whom were wearing masks. Again there was no signage/ hand sanitiser. The retail units contained a significant amount of counterfeit clothing, shoes and accessories, making it difficult to manoeuvre around the premises and making social distancing impossible.  

The fact that this premises is used for the illegal sale of counterfeit goods means that there is no legitimate management of the premises and no current prospect of the premises being made covid secure. The risk of transmission to employees working within the premises and customers visiting the premises is high.  This area attracts customers from a wide area (nationally and when travel is permitted, internationally). The risk in relation to geographical spread of Covid 19 is also therefore high.  

3. The prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by this direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose. 
Consideration has been given to working with the premises to implement covid secure measures however due to the criminal nature of the use of the premises and the complete lack of appropriate controls, closure of the premises is required to protect public health and limit the spread of coronavirus.  

Direction to close The Manchester Party Pad, 40 Southall Street, Manchester, M3 1LG 

A direction to close an individual premises has been issued to The Manchester Party Pad, 40 Southall Street, Manchester, M3 1LG requiring the premises to close from  Saturday 5 December 2020.

This action has been taken for the following reasons:

1. 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 cases. Gatherings between different households are of particular concern and are increasing transmission rates. 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. 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.

2. 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 control different households visiting the premises based on tier 3 requirements of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 and The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 preventing gatherings.

Evidence seen by officers of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Environmental Health and Licensing and out of hours shows multiple households using the premises.

Environmental Health received information from Manchester City Council’s Licensing and out of hours team and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) that an adult party would be taking place at The Manchester Party Pad, 40 Southall Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M3 1LG. On 26/11/2020 Environmental Health, MCC licensing and out of hours and GMP visited the premises. Evidence of multiple people from different households using the premises was found with significant risks in relation to the spread of Coronavirus amongst its visitors, and therefore the public. 

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

Manchester is seeing new COVID-19 cases and has a higher infection rate than most other areas in the country. We must act quickly to reduce infection rates and protect our residents. 

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