KFC and Bodrum Kebab takeaway on Cowley Road have been hit with fines from the Oxford City Council after breaking COVID-19 restrictions. Since receiving the fines there have been no further reportsof either business breaching the regulations. Both businesses are also still inoperation, with advertised opening hours at KFC at between 11:00-22:00, withdelivery extending to 23:45. The Oxford City Council said: “Although takeaways cancontinue operating after 10pm using a delivery service, click-and-collect ordrive-thru, the law forbids them from taking orders and serving food in theirpremises or at their door after 10pm”. Image credit: Steve Daniels Both businesses have been charged £1,000 after enforcementofficers from the newly formed COVID Secure Team witnessed the companiescontinuing to serve customers after 10pm. Councillor Upton also states that city-centre pubs and bars have “gone above and beyond” to protect their staff and customers. She added: “The vast majority of businesses are complying with the new rules.” The Council said that both takeaways were visited aftercomplaints from the public. When officers visited, they saw KFC continuing toserve customers on three separate occasions after 10pm, while Bodrum Kebabstaff were seen serving customers and taking orders at the door at 11:59pm on Friday2nd October. The City Council is able to fine businesses up to £10,000 for breaking the COVID-19 regulations, but given that it was the businesses’ first infraction, chose to set the fine at £1,000. A manager at Bodrum’s Kebab told the BBC when contacted that they “served customers who have a car outside” and that they “are allowed to sell to customers with vehicles outside”. She went on to say: “Some people are jealous that we are getting customers.” KFC and Bodrum’s Kebab have been contacted for comment. Councillor Louise Upton said: “Any businesses that break the coronavirus rules are irresponsibly making the city less safe for everyone, and they should know that we will take action against them.”
[Photos by Erika Goldring] Fans attending a Stevie Wonder tribute show led by Irvin Mayfield at the House of Blues in New Orleans last night were treated to the surprise of their lives when the legend himself decided to pop in for an appearance. NOLA favorite Trombone Shorty was also along for the ride. The pair joined along with Irvin Mayfield & NOJO’s “Living for the City – The Songs of Stevie Wonder” to close out Jazz Fest weekend two on Sunday, May 1st.Stevie Wonder Leads ‘Purple Rain’ Sing-Along During Jazz Fest Storms, Plays Surprise Late NightWonder came on stage and played through a brief medley of his classics with the band, including an extensive harmonica jam. He then paid a tribute to Prince with an a cappella version of “Kiss” as the audience joined in on the sing-a-long, much to Wonder’s delight.He briefly left the stage, then returned to speak to his audience about his vision of America, even throwing in a stab at Donald Trump. “America is already great and has always been great,” he proclaimed, “And we should all share a message of positivity.” Men have had enough time running things, he went on to explain, and the time has come to put a woman in charge.The special show came to a close with Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” followed by Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”.Only in New Orleans!