Sussex gym and pub fined £1,000s for multiple Covid regulation breaches
A gym and a pub in Sussex have been fined thousands of pounds for breaching Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
Sussex Police said on Tuesday evening (January 5), police received a report of people drinking in a pub in the Langney area of Eastbourne.
On arrival, officers found a customer hiding in the toilets and the manager admitted there had been others present during the evening and that alcohol had been supplied.
It was the third time since December 4 that the pub had been found to have breached Covid-19 legislation, police said, resulting in a £1,000 fine.
The next day police, along with East Sussex Trading Standards, issued a £2,000 fine to a gym owner in Hampden Park, Eastbourne, for operating in breach of Government regulations.
The same gym had already been fined £1,000 for the same reason.
Sussex Police has vowed to take action against those found to be blatantly breaching Covid-19 regulations during the third national lockdown.
Superintendent Julia Pope said: “We know this is an extremely difficult time for everyone, but the actions we take and the decisions we make now can help save lives.
“This pandemic has been ongoing for many months now, and so we are all familiar with what we should be doing to play our part in stopping the spread of the virus.
“We know the overwhelming majority of people in Sussex are doing the right thing by staying home, wearing masks and social distancing, but unfortunately a small minority of people continue to ignore the rules.
“The restrictions are in place for a reason, and everyone has a responsibility to make the right decisions. That includes business owners and their customers, those who organise events and those who attend them. Our officers are ready to deal robustly with those who continue to breach the regulations.
“It’s so important, now as much as ever, that we pull together and do what we need to do to protect our NHS and our communities from the virus.”
In St Leonards, a woman was also charged after a group of people gathered to exercise together on the seafront and refused to move on when requested.