Appeal postponed for cinema owners convicted of refusing to close COVID-19 rules

Swansea’s Cinema & Co was ordered to be closed by a judge after his boss violated some COVID-19 regulations and refused to implement a vaccine passport.

Last November, Anna Redfern, owner of Cinema & Co in Swansea, South Wales, refused to implement the Welsh government’s vaccine passport scheme.

Wales Prime Minister Mark Drakeford supports vaccine passports (called COVID passes) deployed in movie theaters, theaters and concert halls, saying: visit. “

Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Minister of Wales has the authority to take action where certain facilities are considered to pose a risk to public health. In late November, the government issued a statement to support the Swansea Council, protect public health, identify a series of violations of coronavirus regulation, and then ordered the cinema to be closed. The district judge warned Redfern that if she resumed, she would be a contempt of court.

“I took my stance and three days later they appeared and slapped the closure notice,” Redfern told The Epoch Times.

In December, Redfern was fined £ 15,000 and sentenced to a suspended sentence of 28 days in the Magistrates’ Court of Swonji after contempt of court for failing to comply with previous orders. Since then, she has appealed to Swansea’s Crown Court. Redfern said the date was postponed due to the recent death of his sick mother.

In January, it was reported by BBC despite the banThe cinema has screened a number of films, including a controversial documentary about euthanasia by the author’s son and conspiracy theorist David Icke.

“I feel like I’m in a movie. I have to stop and wonder. It’s all very surreal and very chaotic, but I feel right to speak.” Said Redfern.

Regarding the rules, Redfern argued that the Welsh authorities provided her “meaningless” guidance.

“If there was a staff room with a sofa, they said they would change to two seats so they could sit apart,” she said. “It doesn’t make sense. I just followed the rules of common sense. But until I shouted about my COVID passport, I thought I couldn’t continue this way anymore. This is ridiculous,” she says. I did.

Swansea Council Told Wales Online Cinema and Co must follow the guidance “to agree that we can safely resume for the benefit of our customers and staff.”

The Epoch Times contacted the Swansea Council, which did not want to comment, as the COVID-19 regulations were set by the Welsh government. At the time of publication, the Welsh government has not answered the questions sent by the Epoch Times.

Are you worried that showing Jamie Icke’s documentary “A Good Death,” which claims that euthanasia is illegal in care facilities, could push you to more labels?

“I’ve already been labeled racist, homosexual, and conspiracy theorists and anti-bakers. I got me to chuck all the labels. The media also saw them. Judging me with no movies. Am I supposed to reject all movies? It’s certainly censorship, it’s not my place. The family has lost loved ones. People from all over the country Was able to visit and talk directly. Denying them would have shocked the platform. Everyone has the right to speak up, “Redfern said.

Together Declaration spokesperson and political critic Richard Taylor told The Epoch Times that he started crowdfunding when he first heard about Redfern’s stance. The Together Declaration is a movement to “oppose the British Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“I did it just because I was able to see what was happening to a small independent company being attacked by a large state government. We need to stand up for the little people. “Taylor said.

As of January 21, Wales has announced that it will move to alert level 0 for all field activities. However, a COVID pass is still required at all cinemas.

Owen Evans