Covid Enforcement Team fines UK takeaway £1,000 for serving food to customers 4 minutes after the 10pm lockdown curfew

The burger takeaway restaurant was fined a whopping £1,000 ($1293) for serving food just four minutes after the curfew.

A team of Covid Enforcement Officers saw Bim’s burger restaurant in Ilford, east London, serving food after the curfew during their rounds and promptly handed them the legislative issue.

Redbridge Police said they looked at his receipt and it said he was served at “10pm on the dot”.

But, they said the staff did not give him his food “until 10.04pm” so a fine was issued because the curfew is 10pm, as of 24 September.

The owners of Bim’s said their staff “unknowingly breached” the curfew and they began processing his order before 10pm.

“Our staff were under the impression that if an order was placed by 10pm it could still be served,” they said in a statement.

“The food took less than four minutes to arrive and he left at 10.04 pm.

“Our staff were then shocked to be informed that they had breached the new laws by a matter of four minutes.

“New rules regarding COVID-19 are being made thick and fast and sometimes it isn’t clear exactly how they should be interpreted.”

They added that the mistake was “made in good faith” as they said it would have been insulting to ask the customer to leave.

But, they said they will not complain to the police and “will obviously take greater care in future to abide by the law”.

Redbridge, where Ilford is, has the highest rate of infection out of all 28 London boroughs with 59 cases per 100,000 people.

The curfew of 10pm was imposed nationwide in the UK last week in a bid to stop drinkers and partiers spending ‘too much time together’ and spreading the coronavirus further.

However, images from the first weekend of the curfew showed thousands of people boxed in together in cities such as London and Liverpool as they waited for taxis and trains home.


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