Richmondshire hospitality businesses urged to abide by new Covid regulations

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Environmental health officers are writing to every hospitality business urging them not to fall foul of the new Covid-19 laws, which could lead to fines and even closure.

The district council says it is working with Richmondshire’s hospitality sector to make sure new covid regulations are in place.

Up until this week much of the covid guidance was only guidance – it is now required by law with hospitality traders – such as bars and cafes, and personal contact businesses – such as hairdressers and nail bars, dress fitters and tailors tasked to:

  • Display a QR code that can be scanned by customers or visitors who wish to use the NHS covid-19 app. https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster
  • Collect name and contact details of customers or visitors, including the details of every member of a group – unless all have used the QR code
  • Retain details for 21 days and, if necessary, share with NHS Test and Trace or local public health officials to enable them to contact people who may have been exposed to the virus
  • Refuse entry to premises if individuals refuse to provide their details
  • Close by 10pm if a hospitality venue – including hotel bars and restaurants
  • Operate a table service only service for customers in licensed premises;
  • Not take bookings from, or seat, groups of more than six people – they are also required to maintain an appropriate distance between tables (2m or 1m plus mitigation) and ensure different groups do not mingle
  • Make sure staff in public-facing roles wear face coverings
  • Make sure customers wear face coverings when they are moving around a venue away from their table.

Environmental Health and Licensing officers – as well as the police – will issue fixed penalty notices for non-compliance.

This could mean fines of £1,000 – £4,000, possible prosecution or the enforced closure of the business.

All businesses must also have a risk assessment of how it will operate in a covid secure way.

“We understand that the majority of businesses have acted and continue to act responsibly but we urge them to help their local community play their part in controlling the spread of Covid19 by adhering to the new regulations,” said corporate director, Callum McKeon.

For more information on guidance contact environmental health on 01748 829100 or environment@richmondshire.gov.uk

For businesses needing support or guidance relating to grants, government funding, pavement licences or other ways of managing the impacts of Covid19 please contact Sue White, Business and Communities Manager, on 01748 901040.