Police smash the shisha lounge in Birmingham with more than 150 people to keep them from breaking coronavirus rules – days after they were fined £ 10,000 for the first violation
- The Kasablanca Shisha Lounge in Birmingham is closed until further notice
- The video shows the dramatic moment when the police broke in after she was denied entry
- Police found more than 150 people inside the venue with no social distancing
Police closed a shisha cafe after storming inside. Just days after the venue was fined £ 10,000 for Covid violations, around 150 people were crammed together.
Kasablanca in Birmingham was filled with patrons around 1am on Saturday, despite the heavy fine for lifting restrictions earlier this month, West Midlands Police said.
A dramatic video shows the moment police were forced to break open the venue doors with tools after being denied entry.
Shouting and screaming can be heard as the police enter the venue.
A dramatic video shows the moment when the police had to break open the doors of a shisha lounge in Birmingham after they were refused entry
Once inside, police said they found crowds without social distancing measures in place.
The footage shows patrons passing officers on their way out of the shisha lounge.
You can hear some giggles and say to the police, "We are socially distant," despite obvious evidence to the contrary.
Earlier this month, the hookah lounge was fined when officers were allowed to enter even though staff had pulled down police shutters.
Police said the venue had received a closure order and was required to show it was complying with the law before it could reopen.
Birmingham and the combined agency area in the West Midlands were already being discussed late next week for a move to "very high alert" Tier 3 measures as infection rates continue to rise.
When police entered the venue, they said they found crowds with no social distancing measures in place
Earlier this month, the same hookah lounge was fined when officers were allowed in even though staff had pulled down police shutters
In another case, the owner of a venue in Smethwick, West Midlands, was fined £ 10,000 for hosting a wedding reception for more than 70 people.
Viollet Salon received the fine Thursday for an October 10 incident that saw a large wedding of around 70 people held despite coronavirus restrictions.
Chief Superintendent Andy Beard criticized companies for "breaking the law, putting lives at risk and increasing the risk of infection as this deadly virus continues to spread."
"This is a difficult time for everyone, but we will not be able to control this pandemic and return to a sense of normalcy if this continues," Beard said in a press release.
“We all have to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and nobody is above it when it comes to that.
“The vast majority follow the guidelines and we would like to thank the people who make these personal sacrifices.
"We continue to work with local authorities in the area to fight this virus and protect those who work and visit the West Midlands in the coming weeks and months."