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Blackwood Licensed Premises served closure notice over Coronavirus measures

Posted on : 24 Sep 2020

Blackwood Licensed Premises served closure notice over Coronavirus measures
Caerphilly Council is working to support businesses to operate within the new guidance and taking action against those who are found to be non-compliant.

Blackwood Stars RFC was visited by Licensing Officers on Friday 18th September following a complaint in relation to a lack of social distancing on the weekend before which resulted in a closure notice. The visit revealed a number of shortfalls which included;
  • Poor regard to requirements in maintaining 2 metres social distancing between persons on the premises.
  • Unable to demonstrate whether a Covid Risk Assessment had been completed in relation to the premises.
  • Unable to confirm current capacity at premises.
  • Patrons remained at the bar after being served, as opposed to moving to be seated at a table.
  • Paper based Track and Trace registers did not contain time of entry.

In view of concerns of the above, Licensing & Trading Standards Officers returned on Saturday to issue a closure notice, meaning that the club will now close for 7 days or until the council is satisfied that the club can ensure 2 metre social distancing can be maintained and provide a Covid Risk Assessment.

The Trading Standards, Licensing and Environmental Health Teams have been proactively visiting licensed premises and responding to reports of non-compliance at other business premises which have increased significantly following the new restrictions placed on Caerphilly county borough.

Local businesses are expected to;
  • Ensure social distancing is maintained
  • Employees wear masks or face coverings inside premises where appropriate  
  • Enforce the wearing of face coverings for customers inside their premises (except where food or drink is being consumed on the premises)
  • Enhance hygiene routines
The full list can be found on the Welsh Government website 

Enhanced powers have been awarded to local authority Public Protection services to take action against businesses found to be in breach of the law which could result in closure of premises.

Cllr. Nigel George Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection said, “We are supporting businesses to both understand and comply with the law, these rules are in place to protect both employees and the public. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure they are compliant as we will take action against those found to be in breach of the law.”

For further advice and support businesses can visit the business FAQ's page or to report non-compliance complete the form on the web page, click here.

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