Restaurant Closed for Alleged COVID Security Breaches

A new restaurant in Orpington, Bromley has been closed after staff and consumers allegedly breached COVID 19 security guidelines on repeated occasions.

The Greek Meze, on Orpington High Street, was required to close by Bromley Council after complainants reported dancing, loud music, and a failure to ensure social distancing both inside and outside the venue.

The restaurant, which only began trading on 6 July 2020, was served with a Community Protection Notice and then a three month closure order on Wednesday 23 September 2020. It was required to remain closed until at least Friday 9 October 2020 when a hearing at Bromley Magistrates' Court was scheduled to take place in respect of the closure order.

Bromley Council noted that there had been "repeated breaches" of Covid-19 guidance and premises licence conditions at the restaurant.

The council's protection team and the Metropolitan Police, attended the premises a number of times but stated that management 'failed to comply and subsequently breached a Community Protection Notice'.

A spokesperson for Bromley Council stated that security made 'no attempts to control or rectify the situation'.

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