A movie owner did not go to court for her lawsuit after refusing to ask customers for Covid passes.
Anna Redfern did not appear earlier in Swansea Magistrates’ Court after the city council asked for a court order to stop its reopening of Cinema & Co.
District Judge Neale Thomas asked the council to submit written comments as to why a closure notice was needed and postponed the case until November 30.
When she was approached by her still open cinema, Ms. Redfern made no comment.
She previously said she wouldn’t ask people for Covid passes, but when asked for a statement Thursday, she replied, “I have no comment as the litigation is pending.”
Ms. Redfern, who runs the 56-seat independent cinema, received a closure notice from the board on November 18 after allegedly failing to comply with several coronavirus regulations.
Covid passes are a legal requirement and the cinema remained open after being told to close.
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Prosecutor Lee Reynolds said the premises “seem to think this pandemic does not exist.”
On the civil-order complaint filed with the court, the council said Cinema & Co had not completed a Covid risk assessment, and had not informed staff of the necessary measures to prevent transmission of the disease.
Additionally, the board said the cinema has not implemented reasonable measures, including a Covid pass, and does not have adequate cleaning products or antiviral products to reduce transmission.
Mr. Reynolds told the court he was concerned about a significant delay in the case, due to the “state of the premises”.
Covid passes are a legal requirement for anyone over the age of 18 in Wales for nightclubs and large-scale events from 11 October.
This was extended to theaters, concert halls and cinemas on November 15 and means that people must show a pass to prove they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative lateral flow test result within the past 48 hours.
Judge Thomas said he was concerned the council was carrying the closure notice under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 and not the Welsh government coronavirus legislation.
He said the Welsh government “would have the power to include executive powers, but they chose not to.”
Reynolds described the Coronavirus Act as “very limited” and said it was necessary to carry the notice of closure in this way.
She told the judge that Ms. Redfern was “making various statements in the press and posting online comments that are inflammatory and highly controversial.”
Cinema & Co remained open on Thursday after Ms. Redfern failed to show up for her court case.
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