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Businesses reminded about record keeping during Covid-19

HOSPITALITY businesses in Carmarthenshire are being reminded of their responsibility to keep records of their staff, visitors and customers.

Welsh Covid-19 regulations make it compulsory for hospitality businesses including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes, and other high-risk settings – such as cinemas, leisure centres, swimming pools, fitness studios, salons and close-contact therapists – to collect contact details to support the NHS Test, Trace and Protect service.

Records must be kept for 21 days and provided to NHS Wales if they request it as part of this national programme.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s public protection teams are supporting businesses to comply with the regulations, offering advice and assistance.

Businesses are also being made aware of what could happen if they don’t comply, including notices for improvement or even closure.

Customers too are being encouraged to understand why a premises is asking for their contact information and the importance of providing correct details.

Cllr Philip Hughes, Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of Covid-19, and complying with the regulations is the first step.

“Proper record keeping is vital in the event that NHS Wales needs to get in touch with people who may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

“We’re asking businesses and customers to understand and appreciate the importance of this. Our teams are happy to offer advice and assistance, but if necessary they may have to take stronger action.”

Information can be found on the business section of www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales.

Anyone worried about compliance with Covid-19 regulations can also visit the website to report their concerns.

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