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Sheffield pub loses licence over drinkers hiding in cupboards during the coronavirus lockdown

Sheffield pub loses licence over drinkers hiding in cupboards during the coronavirus lockdown

Author: Wardah Sempa | Thursday 25th June 2020

Sheffield pub loses licence over drinkers hiding in cupboards during the coronavirus lockdown Photograph

A pub, in Sheffield, has lost their licence after police found drinkers hiding in cupboards during the coronavirus lockdown. The Pitsmoor Hotel in Sheffield was raided by police on 24 April after reports it was still serving customers. The Staffordshire Arms, also licensed to Paul Greasby, has had its licence removed too. The decision was made at the council's licensing committee meeting on Tuesday.

In March, the government ordered that pubs, restaurants and other businesses must close in an attempt to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and the legislation said owners could be given a prohibition notice and fined if they opened their establishments. If they broke the prohibition notice then magistrates could impose potentially unlimited fines.

Now unfortunately for them, pubs will be back open on the 4th of July.