Licensing officers have served an immediate closure notice on the Kavern Klub in Bury town centre for not implementing Covid-safe rules.
The venue, situated on The Rock, is the first in the borough to be shut down by the council under coronavirus enforcement.
Warning letters were sent to the bar’s owner and management following a number of visits which found many people drinking in large groups with little or no social distancing measures in effect. A follow-up visit last weekend found that insufficient action was being taken to follow the guidelines.
The owners will now have to make changes that will satisfy the council that safety standards will be met and the public will not be placed at further risk.
Lesley Jones, Bury’s director of public health, said: “Unfortunately the infection levels for Covid-19 have continued to rise rapidly in recent weeks and we have one of the highest levels in the country. It is vital that everyone in Bury does their best to stay safe and stop the virus being passed on by washing their hands, not mixing between households, keeping a safe distance from others and wearing a mask in enclosed public places. If the virus keeps spreading we are at risk of more lockdowns which none of us want to see.”
The direction notice will be reviewed every seven days.