West Midlands Police said it issued a “super fine” of £10,000 after it found a lock-in at a pub in Digbeth, Birmingham.
Around 40-50 people were discovered breaking coronavirus restrictions at the Spotted Dog at 11pm on Friday 30 October.
Members of different households were found to be mixing with no social distancing inside the pub an hour after the curfew.
Officers described a “party atmosphere” and were told the gathering was because it was expected the pub would have to shut soon amid lockdown rumours.
It was the ninth time the maximum fine for businesses breaching coronavirus rules has been issued in the area, according to West Midlands Police.
People at risk
Birmingham licensing Sgt Nick Giess said: “This was sadly yet another example of someone who should know the restrictions around coronavirus all too well putting people at risk.
“There were around 40 to 50 people in there, smoking and dancing, and showing no regard for the seriousness of the situation the region and the country finds itself in.”
Warning for pubs
Many pubs across the country have continued to operate within the law by running takeaway or delivery services.
However, the fine is a further reminder to businesses of the hefty price tag for breaching lockdown legislation.
What’s more, Staffordshire Police spoke to two licensees at the Reform Inn in Leek, Staffordshire, after they said they would continue to operate in the lockdown.
Operators Nick and Lucy Clowes posted on social media that they would be remaining closed for the time being after a “friendly chat” with officers.
“We’re determined to make this a place for the community however we need to review the situation, take a couple of days and we will be back in touch.”