28th Oct, 2020

Solihull pubs, eateries and barbers to get Covid call amid second wave fears

BARS, restaurants, hairdressers and other businesses are being contacted by Solihull council officials to be reminded about their Covid-19 responsibilities.

They include identifying customers and being able to track them if necessary.

It comes amid increasing fears of a second wave of coronavirus, which could result in a local lockdown.

Council Ian Courts, Solihull Council leader, said: “In Solihull, our watch words need to be – social distancing, hand hygiene, face coverings and testing. I am very, very concerned that a serious spike could set us back.

“We welcome the recent announcement that NHS Test and Trace want to make testing and contact tracing as locally accessible as possible and through our Beacon with Coventry and Warwickshire will be reviewing what benefits this could bring to strengthen our local arrangements.

“We continue to work with local businesses to make sure they are staying Covid-19 safe, following national guidance to protect their customers and staff and making sure they take down customer details for Test and Trace.

“We are writing to all our pubs, bars and restaurants – and also other business such as barbers and hairdressers which have very close contact with customers – to make sure they are clear on what they need to do and our teams are also responding to any concerns raised by members of the public.

“This will all help to get businesses back on track and reduce the risk of a local lockdown.

“A welcome part of the plans is the new streamlined service for premises such as bars, cafes and restaurants to apply to use pavements as areas to provide food and drinks.”

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