On 15 January 2021, the Saleem Bagh restaurant on Station Road in Dorridge, Solihull, was served a Direction to close by Solihull Council using its powers, under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020.
This follows a number of serious breaches of licensing and COVID safety legislation.
The owner, Mr Shahid Ali, has served alcohol to groups on his premises despite this being prohibited by law. Similarly, there was a complete absence of any COVID safety measures on the premises to protect take-away customers or staff – no signage, no entry/exit process and nothing to stop groups gathering.
The Direction will mean the Saleem Bagh restaurant will not be allowed to open until the owner can demonstrate to the Council that satisfactory Covid compliant arrangements are in place.
Solihull Council and the local Police take breaches of the COVID law and guidance very seriously. We will continue to monitor the situation in the borough and will not hesitate to take any necessary action to maintain public health and ensure the safety of residents.
The Direction can be viewed here.