14 premises in Calderdale warned for not following COVID-19 rules

These premises will be revisited to ensure the advice has been acted on.

Calderdale Council says it continues to work with licensed premises to help them operate safely and protect customers, staff and the community from the ongoing risk of COVID-19.

On Saturday 4 July, many Calderdale pubs, restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses started to reopen in line with national guidance.

As the virus is still in our communities, the Council contacted all licensed premises before they began reopening, to offer advice on safety measures and outline the support available.

The majority of licensed premises are operating safely and following social distancing rules. However, in a small number of cases, the Council has had to take enforcement action.

It has issued 14 advisory notices in relation to COVID-secure working to licenced premises across Calderdale. These premises will be revisited to ensure the advice has been acted on. Failure to comply with the advisory notice will result in an "escalation" of the Council’s enforcement powers.

Cllr Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, said:

“Reopening hospitality businesses was a key step forward in our local economic recovery. We know they have had to quickly adapt to new ways of operating, and we continue to support and encourage them through this.

“We’re pleased that most licensed premises are following the safety requirements and doing their bit to control the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, a minority of businesses have not been implementing social distancing and we’ve had to crack down on them. Enforcement is a last resort in Calderdale, but COVID-19 is still a serious risk in our communities and we won’t hesitate to take action if needed, as everyone’s safety is our main concern.

“We urge the operators of local licensed premises, and the people visiting them, to do everything they can to help protect our whole borough from the virus. We must all play our part.”

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