We shut down shisha lounge after SECOND major covid breach in weeks

We’ve forced a shisha lounge to close down after we caught it breaching covid rules – just days after being hit with a £10,000 fine for an earlier breach.

A closure order has been issued to Kasablanca in Highgate, after we forced our way in to the venue at 1am on 24 October to find more than 150 people still inside.

Video shows how people poured out of the venue when we broke open the doors after being refused entry.

Earlier this month, we told how staff had pulled down shutters at Kasablanca when officers arrived.

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.

Watch YouTube video showing the moment we forced our way in to Kasablanca

Meanwhile, a venue in Sandwell has also been issued with a £10,000 super fine for flouting CoVID-19 restrictions. 

Viollet Salon in Smethwick was hit with the fine yesterday (29 October) after we were called to the venue 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. 

An investigation was launched and the owner was served the £10,000 fine for facilitating the event. 

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.

"The vast majority are following the guidelines and we want to say thank you to those people making those personal sacrifices.

"We’re continuing to work with local authorities across the region to tackle this virus and help to protect those who live work and visit the West Midlands in the coming weeks and months."

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