Rebellious beach bar owner who vowed to continue serving takeaway pints despite Covid notice and £ 1,000 fine, forced to close after receiving death threats
- Kash Pungi vowed to keep Cleethorpes Beach Bar, North East Lincolnshire, open
- He believed that his ‘click and collect’ service by text circumvented the current rules
- But the 48-year-old has since taken to Facebook to reveal that the bar will now close
- He received intimidating messages, including a threat to ‘hit him with a pipe’
The rebellious beach bar owner who promised to continue serving takeaway pints despite a letter from Covid and a £ 1,000 fine has been forced to close after receiving death threats.
Kash Pungi had vowed to keep Cleethorpes Beach Bar, on the coast in Northeast Lincolnshire, open, even after he received a council order to cease trading.
He believed that his ‘click and collect’ text message service bypassed current rules stating that pubs and restaurants across England should remain closed until April 12.
But the 48-year-old has since taken to Facebook to reveal that the bar will now close after receiving intimidating messages, including a threat to “ hit him with a lead pipe. ”
Kash Pungi (pictured) had vowed to keep the Cleethorpes Beach Bar, on the coast in North East Lincolnshire, open even after he received a council order to cease trading
Council officials filed a prohibition notice for Mr Pungi on Tuesday ordering him to close his bar on the North Promenade, where his mother and son had also served customers.
The notice was made under the updated health regulations that went into effect on Monday.
But he defiantly opened the next day saying he would ‘see them in court’ and then received a £ 1,000 reminder.
Mr. Pungi claimed that customers all adhered to the six-foot rule, although many chose not to wear masks.
He said, ‘Everyone behaves. I have never seen people so relaxed in Cleethorpes before they were all happy.
‘Everyone is cold and walks slowly and separates. There’s no hurry. Everyone follows the rules. ‘
But the 48-year-old has since taken to Facebook to reveal that the bar will now close after receiving intimidating messages, including a threat to ‘knock him down with a lead pipe’.
But writing on Facebook, Mr. Pungi has now revealed that he will close after receiving death threats.
The businessman said: “ I got advice from lawyers who said what I was doing was legal and that we had security measures in place regarding COVID, but with threats of violence, including death sentences, I cannot risk putting my mother and son to endanger. .
“Standing up against municipal bullies [sic] is one thing, but with a heavy heart I have decided to close. We will be open again on April 12th, hope that will satisfy [sic] those who disagree.
‘Complaints registered and compensation requested from the municipality !!!’
He also shared some of the alarming messages he had received, including a threat to “knock him down with a lead pipe.”
Mr Pungi believed his ‘click and collect’ service via text message at the bar (pictured) bypassed current rules stating that pubs and restaurants across England should remain closed until April 12
Current Covid-19 rules require pubs and restaurants across England to remain closed to anything but take-aways.
This is expected to change on April 12, when locations will be allowed to serve customers outside.
Licensing advisor Michael Kheng, who advised Mr Pungi, believes the bar was exempt from the current restrictions because it sold alcohol for off-premises consumption.
He claims it operated in the same way as a liquor store or licensed shop and not under the same rules as a pub.
‘The Beach Bar is not a pub or a café. In some ways it’s like Tesco, but only significantly smaller, ”he said.
‘By ordering in advance, he meets the requirements of the law. The new scheme came into effect at the beginning of this week.
You can open for pre-ordered drinks and the rules are specifically stated by text message.
‘People don’t go in for alcohol, so that’s allowed. The difference with the Beach Bar is that it is not a pub.
A spokesperson for the North East Lincolnshire Council said: ‘Following reports of health regulations violations at the Beach Bar in Cleethorpes in recent days, we can confirm that Council officials have now served the owner of the property with a notice of £ 1,000.
“This notice follows the prohibition notice served on site yesterday (Tuesday) following multiple violations of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (SI.2021 No.364).” ‘