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Three Bridgend county businesses given 48 hours to comply with improvement notices

COUNCIL staff have given improvement notices to a pub, cafe, and ice cream parlour in Bridgend county borough for breaching coronavirus rules.

Officers from the Shared Regulatory Service (SRS) found The Britannia, Hendre Road, Pencoed, Gusto Coffee Shop, John Street, Porthcawl, and Cadwaladers, Esplanade, Porthcawl breached the

Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 on Tuesday June 15.

Documents published on the SRS website show council staff found The Britannia failed to take measures to enable social distancing within the premises. The documents state there were “queues for bar service”, a “lack of mask wearing” and “no distancing outside”.

Documents also reveal Gusto Coffee Shop failed to take peoples’ contact details for track and trace purposes. They state council staff “questioned four separate tables inside and outside – no contact details given” and a staff member was seen wearing a mask beneath their nose.

Cadwaladers also failed to collect customers’ contact details, according to the SRS website. Documents state “several diners not given contact details” but the business showed “otherwise good compliance”.

All three businesses were given 48 hours to comply with the rules. Failure to comply with an improvement notice can result in closure, a fixed penalty notice, or being taken to court.

The Welsh Government website reads: “All businesses open to the public should have a system in place to ensure social distancing at all times. They should be following staying safe at work guidance.
“Welsh law requires all businesses to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus. The starting point is ensuring people keep a two-metre distance from each other.”

It also states: “Certain businesses must collect and keep information about who has been on the premises, and when, for 21 days.”

The SRS, a partnership between South Wales Police and Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan councils, carries out checks on licensed premises to ensure they comply with government guidelines.

To date, 121 premises in Bridgend county borough have been caught breaching coronavirus regulations and given improvement notices, while seven local businesses have been temporarily closed.
The service has issued 112 improvement notices to businesses in Cardiff and 92 in Vale of Glamorgan.

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