Pub facing £2k Covid fine after bloke stood up while playing game of beer pong

A pub landlord and his son are being taken court for allegedly breaching Covid restrictions for a second time after it emerged that a customer stood up while playing a game of beer pong at the venue.

Ian Snowball and son Adam, who run Showtime on Zetland Street in Huddersfield say Kirklees Council are looking to punish them.

At the time of the incident, on June 25 last year, the council claims that two workers from Environmental Health saw people standing and playing the game – which was against the rules at the time, according to Lancs Live.

The council has claimed that the pair "failed to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the customer remained seated while consuming food or drink on the premises”.

If found guilty during the court hearing on Friday, the duo could be faced with a £2,000 fine each – making it a £6,000 total fine as the company Hellfire Entertainment will also be hit.

A spokesman said: “So, what is it that Ian, Adam and Hellfire are now being charged with?

“The papers say that two people from Environmental health looked through one of the Showtime windows and saw a group of five men at the far end of the pub playing beer pong, stood next to them watching over the game in order to ensure compliance with Covid legislation, was Alex Snowball the co-founding director of Hellfire.

“The charge? One of the men threw the ping pong ball into a cup of beer and instead of sitting down to drink it, as he had been requested by Alex, he remained standing.

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“The man's name was not taken by Environmental Health and he is not being charged with any offence but Hellfire, Ian and Adam are, because 'they did not have a management policy in place to prevent the man from drinking the drink standing up as opposed to sitting down'.

"If Ian, Adam and Hellfire Appeal lose this action they will have to pay £6,000 in total, probably plus costs in excess of £1,000 and each will receive a criminal record.”

It is actually the second time the business has gone to court of Covid rule breaches, after they were found to be serving drinks past the then-10pm curfew in November, 2020 – which they are still appealing despite being ordered to be several thousands of pounds at the time.

The case goes to court on Friday, April 29.

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