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West Midlands Police obtains closure order for shisha lounge just weeks after venue was hit with £10k fine for COVID-19 rules breaches

West Midlands Police has secured a closure order for a shisha lounge after its second major Covid-19 breach in weeks.

The order was issued to Kasablanca in Highgate, after the police found more than 150 people still inside the venue at 1am on 24 October.

The shisha lounge had already been fined £10,000 for an earlier breach.

West Midlands Police said video showed how people poured out of the venue when officers broke open the doors after being refused entry.

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“We found crowds gathered inside with no social distancing. The order is reviewed every week by the local authority, and the venue will have to have prove it is complying with the law before it can open again,” the police force said.

West Midlands Police said it had also issued a venue in Sandwell with a £10,000 fine last week for flouting COVID-19 restrictions. 

Police were called to Viollet Salon in Smethwick on 10 October following reports that a large wedding was taking place.

“When we arrived, we found up to 70 people inside with no regard to the current legislation,” West Midlands Police said. 

Chief Superintendent Andy Beard said: “It’s unacceptable that these businesses continue to flout the law, putting lives at risk and increasing the risk of infections as this deadly virus continues to spread. 

“This is a difficult time for everyone, but we won’t be able to control this pandemic and return to a sense of normality if this continues to happen. 

“We all need to help stop the spread of coronavirus, and no one is above the law when it comes to that.”

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