Six licensed premises get improvement notices after virus safety checks
15 September 2020
Neath Port Talbot Council has issued improvement notices to six licensed premises after checks on Saturday night (September 12th , 2020) by council and South Wales Police licensing officers found widespread non-compliance with Covid-19 safety guidelines.
These premises will now be monitored to ensure they put the appropriate measures in place and failure to do so will result in Neath Port Talbot Council issuing a Premises Closure Notice to those licensed premises.
The checks on Saturday night were carried out by council and South Wales Police licensing officers wearing PPE and because of the behaviour they encountered the next checks they carry out will be with police officers.
The premises the Council issued improvement notices to were:
- The Bell Inn, Taibach
- Treats, Neath
- Ten 21, Neath
- Ambassador and Presidents Bar, Neath
- Eden Wine bar and Club, Neath
- Arch Bar and Nightclub, Neath
Each venue has a responsibility to ensure that people eating or drinking in their establishment are following social distancing rules.
Processes must also be in place to ensure social distancing measures are being followed and a track and trace system is in place -collecting names and telephone numbers of customers.
Council officers with South Wales Police colleagues will be continuing to visit premises in Neath Port Talbot to ensure, amongst other things:
- Queuing systems inside and outside bars and restaurants are in place to ensure social distancing measures are being followed.
- Tables, both inside and outside are two metres apart.
- Processes are in place to limit face to face interaction and maintain hygiene and also to protect staff.
- Procedures are in place with people that are not complying with the rules.
Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection, Cllr Leanne Jones, said: ”Infection rates are clearly rising across the UK – it is imperative that licensees and those visiting licensed premises adhere to the rules.
“The Council will be taking a robust and positive approach to enforcing non-compliance to keep our communities safe and to avoid the NHS coming under severe pressure.”