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Walsall Council reminds businesses to ensure that closure restrictions are properly observed

  • 7 April 2020
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Environmental Health Officers were a visible presence in borough at the weekend after they assessed and visited 24 business premises following up reports that they may still be open. The visits came after complaints from concerned residents to both the police and council that some businesses, including pubs and restaurants were allowing customers to eat and drink on site despite the current coronavirus restrictions.

Council officers made evening visits to premises at locations in the Town centre, Caldmore, Bloxwich, Darlaston, Willenhall, Pelsall, Brownhills and Aldridge. Environmental Health staff scrutinised the sites from all angles walking past and up close up to check doors and windows for any signs of activity, noise or music. This was repeated the following evening.

Staff were pleased to feedback that no activity was seen at the majority of these premises with one or two needing follow up conversations to ensure they are operating appropriately. 

Correspondence is being sent to all takeaways and retailers advising them of the social distancing and business closure requirements in an effort to help reduce the impact the disease is having locally. Unfortunately reports are still coming in on a daily basis concerning premises as diverse as vape shops, hairdressers and gyms remaining open for business.  Walsall Council and West Midlands Police are working closely to share intelligence on these premises.

Walsall Council would like to impress upon businesses the urgent need to comply with the coronavirus restrictions - where evidence is found of a breach of these restrictions businesses could face enforcement action including being forcibly closed and an unlimited fine at Court.  

The council is also supported by the breweries in this matter. They are responding positively themselves by contacting licensees and reminding them of the terms of closure restrictions and government guidelines. We will continue to work closely with the police by acting on intelligence and evidence from the community and wider and will vigorously investigate any businesses that fail to comply with these restrictions.

Businesses and residents who have concerns or would like advice on these matters can access information at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do or on the Councils web site at https://go.walsall.gov.uk/covid-19_information/covid-19_-_i_need_help_businesses

Or email environmentalhealth@walsall.gov.uk and staff will respond as soon as they are able.

 

 

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