Barking nightclub forced to close for ignoring social distancing regulations

An east London nightclub which allegedly hosted a lockdown party has been temporarily shut down.

Barking & Dagenham Council inspectors visited the Deuce Lounge in Barking at 3.30am on September 5 and said they found “large groups of people” in the area.

The doors to the club in London Road were locked but officers said they saw people “standing and drinking” through the windows with no social distancing in place.

A council spokesman said: “Officers could see through the windows that there were people standing and drinking inside and music could be heard from the main road and the atmosphere appeared ‘party like’ with raised voices and a DJ at the laptop using a microphone.

“As the door staff noticed the council officers, they made announcements for people to leave the premises.

“When officers eventually entered the premises, the music had been turned down, the lights back on and customers were being ushered out by the door staff. It was still crowded, with no social distancing.”

The’s directors have been served with a closure notice, which will see it remain closed for up to two weeks for failing to follow guidelines on social distancing.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “We all must act responsibly in order to keep coronavirus at bay and prevent it from spreading.

“Businesses that are not going to act responsibly by following guidelines will be closed down. It’s not fair on those many businesses that are operating safely, and we cannot allow profit to come before resident’s safety.

“Our officers are working round the clock to protect our residents.”


Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter