Council gives restaurant the all clear

Published Wednesday, 14 October 2020

A Greek restaurant that was due to be completely closed down following legal action by Bromley Council for not complying with COVID-19 regulations, has successfully re-opened after observing the rules.

The Greek Meze in Orpington High Street was deemed a threat to the community after complaints were made by customers about the lack of social measures in place and the staff and security making no attempts to handle the situation.

After several visits by the council’s public protection team and the police, the management of the restaurant failed to comply, resulting in the issuing of a Community Protection notice by the council’s public protection and llcensing team.

The restaurant initially closed its doors on Wednesday 23 September, after an application for a closure order was issued at Bromley Magistrates Court, pending a full hearing on 9 October.  After working closely with the council to become covid secure, the Greek Meze has re-opened again, last Friday 9 October.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said, “I’m pleased that the Greek Meze has successfully re-opened and the decision was made not to continue with any further action. During the period of closure, we worked closely with the operator and they were able to turn the premises around with new CCTV, new guidelines and table layouts that comply with social distancing and staffing. This gave the council and the police the reassurance and confidence that the restaurant could open safely. We prefer to keep working with businesses like the Greek Meze to comply with regulations first.”

The council has been working tirelessly with businesses across the borough to help advise them on what measures they need to take to protect members of the public and staff comply with legislation and be covid secure. 

Councillor Lymer continued: “We are doing what we can to prevent local outbreaks and I want to thank local businesses for all their hard work in these challenging times, it’s always a last resort to close any business. The council will continue to work proactively to ensure that Bromley’s businesses are complying with the covid related legislation.”

Environmental health officers at Bromley Council have stayed in touch with 650 contacts in food businesses to provide advice on how to operate as a takeaway.

Officers found problems around compliance in close contact service businesses, mainly barbers and beauty treatments, where practitioners refused to wear proper or any personal protective equipment (PPE). There was also a lack of compliance in a few independent pubs, restaurants and cafes around social distancing and contact tracing.

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