Coronavirus (COVID-19)—restaurant owner stripped of licence for flouting rules

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—restaurant owner stripped of licence for flouting rules

The owner of Melin Restaurant in Woodford Bridge, Ali Melin, has been stripped of his licence by Redbridge Council for failing to comply with licensing conditions, as well as continuously breaching coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines. One of the most recent offences occurred on 3 November 2020, when police attended the restaurant and found that doors were locked, windows were blacked out, and were denied entry for ten minutes, amounting to an obstruction of officers exercising their duties under the Licensing Act 2003. Officers were able to see through a gap in the blacked out windows and found that people inside the restaurant were not wearing face coverings, while two DJs played music. Melin later posted a video on Instagram showing 70–100 people inside with approximately 50 people dancing. The Licensing Committee found that Melin had operated with complete disregard for the safety of his staff and customers.

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, stated: ‘This should send out a strong message to those who think they can flout licensing conditions and COVID guidelines. We have many licensed premises in the borough, the large majority of which have worked hard to follow the pandemic guidelines and keep local people safe. And then we have Mr Melin, who has consistently shown a flagrant and arrogant disregard for his patron's safety and the wider community's health. Redbridge has one of the country's highest infection rates, so it is truly shocking that a local business was willing to jeopardise people's health and safety purely for financial gain.’

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