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Health chiefs are urging Lichfield and Burntwood pubs to do their bit to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Licensed premises have been written to about the importance of following national guidelines on hygiene and social distancing measures.

They are also required to keep a record of names and details of all customers and visitors so they can be contacted quickly in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

New regulatory powers granted to councils means they can take action against licensed premises to bring about improvements if public safety is not being protected.

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s director of health and care, said:

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“The vast majority of licensees are behaving responsibly and pulling out all the stops to keep their customers and communities safe, and I want to thank them for their continued efforts in this.

“However, as we have seen recently, there are some premises that need to do more to follow national guidance on hygiene, social distancing and gathering the contact details of their customers. 

This is crucial for us – we need to be able to trace people quickly in the event of an outbreak to stop it in its tracks, so the more details we have about who people have potentially been in contact with, the better we can trace them.

“But we all need to play our part to stop the spread of the virus, so we’re asking people to check that the guidelines are being followed before they enter any premises.

“If they aren’t they maybe need to twice about going in.”

Dr Richard Harling

Cllr Johnny McMahon, cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, said it was important that businesses were following the guidelines as customers start to return.

“It is essential that we support local businesses to get back on their feet, but it has to be done in a way that keeps people safe.

“We have written to all licensed premises across the county to remind them of the importance of following national guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Premises need to have measures in place so they can operate in a safe way that protects both customers and staff.

“We are continuing to work closely with our district and borough council colleagues to help pubs take the steps needed to be COVID-secure – however, we also letting them know that we will use new powers of enforcement to bring about improvements where public safety is not being met.”

Cllr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council

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3 Comments

  1. Been past a few of these places tonight heading home and can confirm that either the letters haven’t arrived, haven’t been read or several of the pubs don’t care.
    Noticeable that previous threats of losing licence or prosecution is no longer being held in any seriousness and zero policing. Hopefully those not following the guidelines are making enough money to refund all the businesses who will lose revenue when we are forced to close back down again.

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