A Nottinghamshire pub has been fined after police found four individuals sat around a table drinking and watching television with a member of staff.
Local police said they visited The Plough Inn on 13 January in Cropwell Butler where they found the pub open and to be serving alcohol.
Officers from Rushcliffe Borough Council served its owners a fixed penalty notice of £1,000 in line with central government rules and Police have issued £200 fines to all customers and the three owners and staff present at the time of the breach.
In England pubs, restaurants or cafes can currently only serve customers takeaway goods to comply with current national lockdown laws.
It has been reported that the business has also received a prohibition notice ensuring it cannot allow individuals to enter the premises to consume food or drink.
Councillor Rob Inglis from Rushcliffe Borough Council said: “This is an exceptionally disheartening breach of the current lockdown restrictions when so many people are following the rules to protect lives and each other at the height of the pandemic to date.
“It is mindless, selfish and utterly irresponsible by all involved. We know businesses are facing an unprecedented trading situation but so many here in Rushcliffe have adapted brilliantly to offer takeaway and delivery safely instead of having to resort to flouting the rules.
He added: “We always look to advise and educate business owners as to their responsibilities and we thank Rushcliffe business owners for their high compliance to date and for playing their part in keeping customers and staff safe.
“Covid restrictions are in place to protect everyone and we say to all business owners please do not place yourself in a position like this which is putting lives at risk. Contact us if you need support to trade.”