A hotel in Jersey has been fined £20k for failing to comply with public health coronavirus guidelines.
The Marina Metro hotel in Havre des Pas, was issued the fine following a hearing from local authorities.
The States Assembly heard that the hotel had been given advice on several occasions about the relevant rules designed to protect islanders from the spread of Covid-19, it was reported that Jersey police officers flagged the concerns after they made two late visits to the hotel in September.
Footage from the officers body cameras played during the hearing showed customers failing to physically distance, dancing to loud music, shouting and drinking whilst standing, all actions which are in breach of public health guidance.
In the same month, officers flagged up concerns to licensing officials after a private event was held which “far exceeded” the maximum allowed number of 40 people.
A prohibition notice was served to the venue, and the licensee was also referred to the Licensing Assembly.
Connétable Len Norman, the minister for home affairs said: “I hope this case will act as a warning by showing that the authorities will take action when licensees breach the Public Health guidance.
“Despite numerous visits and provision of advice from representatives from across all the regulatory bodies the Marina Metro Hotel persistently breached guidance which is in place to protect Islanders and to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in Jersey.”