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Warning to local hospitality businesses

 
Created on 29/04/2021 @ 07:50
Pubs, bars and cafes in Newtown have been warned they must ensure social distancing regulations are adhered to.

Local hospitality businesses were allowed to begin serving outdoors from Monday, with many in town taking advantage of the new Covid-19 regulations.

However, Powys County Council warned businesses they must ensure all measures are in place as part of the Welsh Government regulations.

The council said it is working with businesses and communities throughout the reopening period to ensure the correct safeguards are in place to help control the spread of Covid.
 
Premises are still required by law to ensure the appropriate measures, such as social distancing and the use of suitable PPE, are maintained.
 
Covid risk assessments should be updated where necessary and all staff members should be made aware of the control measures in place.
 
Due to the prolonged closure period the council is urging businesses to check their water systems for possible stagnation, as a lack of use can increase the risks of Legionnaires' disease.
 
Similarly, equipment stored or unused for long periods of time should also be checked for any damage or deterioration.
 
Gwilym Davies, Head of Property, Planning and Public Protection, said: “It’s great to see so many local hospitality businesses trading again after a long wait.
 
“Understandably many people will be looking forward to their first meal or drink out in months, which they should quite rightly enjoy.
 
“But for the sake of people’s safety we have to stress the importance of sticking to the guidance and not getting complacent.
 
“Our Public Protection Team are here to help if businesses need some support so do not hesitate to get in touch.
 
“Using enforcement action is always a last resort for the council, but where a premises is non-compliant we will issue improvement and closure notices if the situation requires it.”
 
Help and advice for businesses can be found at: www.powys.gov.uk/coronavirus/helpforbusinesses
 
Detailed guidance on Legionella risks can be found on the HSE website: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/legionella-risks-during-coronavirus-outbreak.htm