A pub in Tiptree has been issued with a prohibition order after it was found open, despite the government's orders to close during the coronavirus pandemic.

Colchester Borough Council were told that The Bonnie Blue Oak in Tiptree was open after the government announced that all pubs, shops, restaurants and public spaces should close, to help limit the spread of the virus.

The front of the pub had the windows covered but people had access through the back door.

The pub was served with a notice by the council on Monday to stop selling food or drinks on the premises otherwise, it would face the possibility of an unlimited fine.

The pub is allowed to continue to run a takeaway food service only.

"The government has been really clear that many places, including pubs and bars, should close as part of the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. t is really important that landlords understand we will take action against them if we find they are opening in breach of the rules.

Councillor Mike Lilley, Colchester Borough Council

The notice came into effect immediately and there is no appeal. The notice will stay in effect until the end of the emergency period.