Rochester pub loses licence after holding illegal lock-ins during Covid-19
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Kent Police received reports that the Hop and Rye public house in Wainscott Road had been allowing people inside the pub to drink, which is not permitted under current Coronavirus legislation in Kent.
A full premises licence hearing was held at Medway Council on 22 December where it was agreed by a licensing panel that the pub’s licence was to be revoked, meaning that the pub must permanently close.
‘The regulations are there to protect not only individuals but also the wider community in helping to stop the spread of the virus and this includes prohibiting the mixing of multiple households and large gatherings.
‘As a result of ignoring this legislation the pub has now lost its licence and will not be able to open when the current national lockdown and tiered restrictions end.