A Gwynedd pub has been given notice to close “with immediate effect” after allegedly ignoring government orders to close.

In a statement, Gwynedd council confirmed that the Slaters Arms in Corris has been served the notice following a joint investigation with North Wales Police.

With the exception of takeaways, since Saturday all cafes, pubs and restaurants have been forced to close to the public following a directive from the Prime Minister to reduce social contact.

Announcing the measures last Friday, Boris Johnson said the measures would be enforced “strictly” and that licensing arrangements would make doing so “relatively simple”.

But in a statement, Gwynedd council said that the Slaters Arms had “ignored the national directive that they cease trading for the present period.”

The authority added, “Officers from Gwynedd council’s Public Protection team have worked with North Wales Police to investigate the matter and as it became clear that the business was unwilling to adhere to the new regulations, we have served notice on the business to close with immediate effect.

“Should the business continue to flout the law, we will consider what further steps would be required under the new regulations.”

North Wales Police, when contacted, confirmed they had nothing to add at this present time.

Over recent days the pub had been advertising takeaway food on its Facebook page.

But when contacted, a spokesman for the Slaters Arms said they were not in a position to comment at present but were seeking further clarification on the issue.

The Gwynedd council spokesman added: “We are grateful to the vast majority of Gwynedd businesses who are playing their part and adhering to the national regulations which are in place to help protect the public during this unprecedented situation.

“However, we won’t think twice about using our enforcement powers to serve notice on those businesses that flout the regulations and are working closely with colleagues from North Wales Police on such cases.”

“It is essential that we all follow the new directions to ensure that our Health and Care Services are able to cope with the significant impact the virus will have on Gwynedd residents.”