FOUR more Swansea-based licensed businesses have been forced to close temporarily after failing to make their premises safe for customers.
Swansea Council’s Public Health Team has issued closure notices to Joiners Arms in Bishopston, Boss Brewery in Landore, West End AFC Sports and Social Club in Townhill and the Three Compasses in Clydach.
All four businesses have failed to comply with coronavirus restrictions (The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions)(No2)(Wales) Regulations 2020) which were introduced to ensure social distancing for customers and help protect them against Covid 19.
The latest action follows visits by both council and police licensing officers and have required all four to close immediately for two weeks so that owners can make improvements to their premises.
Improvements include the introduction of measures to control entrances and exits, toilet facilities, ensure the layout of the business enables 2-metre social distancing between persons who do not live together and to ensure staff are wearing suitable protective gear.
David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Delivery & Operations, said:
“Our own licensing officers are continuing to work closely with police to act on information received and follow up concerns raised by the public where businesses appear to be ignoring important regulations introduced to protect the public against coronavirus and assist in stopping the spread of the disease.
“Large numbers of businesses are putting measures in place to help us with this fight against the ongoing pandemic. Unfortunately, some are continuing to ignore these new rules and are putting people’s lives at risk.
“The businesses recently closed will now need to demonstrate they have put in place specific measures so that customers can visit those places safely.”