Customers were told to leave a cafe in Devon after its owner was reported for breaching covid-19 coronavirus lockdown legislation.

The incident happened this weekend at a cafe in Paignton town centre, said Devon and Cornwall Police – who have not named the cafe involved.

A spokesman for Paignton Police posted on Facebook: “Paignton Police responded to community intelligence that a town centre coffee shop was continuing to serve customers in the premises.

“Upon attendance a number of patrons were located in the coffee shop and sat around tables drinking hot drinks.

“The customers were ordered to leave and the owner was reported for breaching coronavirus legislation.”

At the moment people aren’t allowed to eat and drink in cafes and restaurants due to the coronavirus lockdown.

However, businesses can still operate a takeaway and delivery services.

This isn’t the first incident of a business breaching the rules.

Tavistock Police raided a pub on Friday night (November 20) after it was found to be having a lock-in during lockdown.

Police entered the venue and found a ‘number of people’ in the bar area drinking while watching rugby.

Earlier this month, five licensed premises across Torbay including two in Brixham, one in Torquay and one in Paignton were fined £1000 for flouting the 10pm curfew.

In October, The Walrus pub in Plymouth became the first to be issued a fixed penalty notice for breaching COVID-19 restrictions by serving drinks after 10pm.

In Plympton, controversial cafe Finla Coffee repeatedly broke lockdown rules – with its management team saying they wanted their coffee shop to be a ‘hub’ for the vulnerable and unsupported.





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