Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Warning to pubs flouting Government health guidelines


Public houses in the district which are ignoring lockdown guidance during Coronavirus will be getting a visit from Bradford Council enforcement officers and the police.

The vast majority of public houses are sticking to the regulations and staying shut to help slow down the spread of the virus, despite the trading problems this causes.

But a few have remained open or are offering lock-ins with drinkers congregating inside.

Our Licensing Team is working together with the police to identify any premises still serving drinks so we can service Prohibition Notices.

The prohibition notice will explain why the officer thinks there is a risk of serious health risk to customers and staff and require them to stop immediately.  Failure to comply with the Notice can lead to prosecution in the courts.

Members of the public can contact us if they know of any public house which has remained open and we can take action. Please e-mail:  [email protected] or call us on 01274 431000.

Takeaway or delivery services must not include alcohol if their licence does not permit off sales.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said: “We know this is a difficult time for businesses and also pub regulars - particularly at holiday time - but we can’t allow people to put lives at risk.

“We are experiencing an extremely serious health emergency and those working on the front line in intensive care units across the country are begging us to help them by observing the social distancing rules to stop the NHS from being overwhelmed with virus cases.

“Bradford Council will do all it can to support our NHS and if that means taking legal action against those who ignore safety guidelines then we won’t hesitate.”

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “We are happy to support Bradford Council’s efforts to ensure Government life-saving guidelines on social distancing are followed.” 



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