Statement regarding the opening of pubs in Harrogate town centre
A spokesman for Harrogate Borough Council said:
We are aware of issues over the weekend with pubs opening in the centre of Harrogate.
Our enforcement team visited the town centre on Saturday. Breaches of the lockdown regulations were witnessed.
Advice was given to the licensees of two premises, reminding them of the law.
Sadly, one premises – the Coach and Horses – opened again on the Sunday. Although the licensee followed the initial advice, a further breach of the regulations was committed.
Our officers returned to the premises the same day and a prohibition notice was served.
While on site, our staff were subjected to verbal abuse from customers.
We will take all necessary enforcement action if a business breaks the current coronavirus lockdown legislation.
While pubs are allowed to offer take away food (which may include alcoholic drink), they are not permitted to operate any kind of beer ‘garden’ on their property. This includes putting tables or chairs on, or anywhere adjacent to, their premises for customers to use.
The Coach and Horses allowed bar furniture to be taken outside and an impromptu beer garden made.
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The Coach and Horses were also looking to operate as a Garden Nursery and had taken plants from Horticap, a local charity nursery.
The plants have now been removed and Horticap have put a statement on Facebook:
Horticap Horticap fully understands the concern that some have expressed on social media with people failing to follow social distancing guidance.
The plants had been supplied on the understanding that the venue was closed for sales of alcohol.
Following this weekend Horticap have removed its plants and feel it would be morally wrong to gain any benefit from this activity.