Council leader urges people - be responsible and considerate for lockdown easing

In the run up to this weekend, the Council has been working closely with local businesses to help them re-open as safely as possible to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in Telford and Wrekin.

Council leader urges people - be responsible and considerate for lockdown easing

The council leader and director of public health are asking people to respect social distancing and to be considerate to others when out, particularly as more businesses such as pub, restaurants and cafes start to re-open.

The public is advised that not all businesses may be able to open on Saturday and, of those that do, they may decide to limit the number of people onto their premises. This is in order to comply with social distancing rules and COVID guidelines.

Any customers wanting to visit a pub, restaurant or café this weekend may have to queue to be let in or may have to book in advance. We would strongly recommend that you contact the pub, restaurant and café in advance to check that they are open and that they can accommodate you.

People should follow these guidelines:

  • Customers will have to provide contact details to the pub, restaurant or café being visited to help to track and trace people in the event of an outbreak. This information will be kept in a secure manner by the licensed premise and will be destroyed after 21 days.
  • Social distancing between staff and customers this is still 2m unless there are preventative measures in place
  • Pay contactless where possible
  • Customers stay at tables when indoors and use an app (if available) to order any food or drink
  • No drinking will be allowed at the bar
  • Numbers allowed in a pub or restaurant will be limited, you may need to queue or book in advance
  • Follow one way systems, use hand sanitiser stations, and social distanced tables and comply with any requests from the licensee
  • Toilets may operate a one in one out system

Council leader Shaun Davies said: “We’ve been working round the clock with our partners and the NHS to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and protect our residents in Telford and Wrekin.

“From an economic point of view it’s vital that local business open and we shop local - If we don’t use them we’ll lose them.

“Public Safety remains important, local business and customers need to be responsible and considerate by following the social distancing guidelines.

"The virus is still out there and remains deadly for many and we have to take the guidance seriously.

"We’re been very fortunate to have a relatively low number of cases of coronavirus – we want to keep it that way and keep our high streets open.”

Liz Noakes, Director for Public Health, said: “Even if you are not showing symptoms, you may risk infecting someone with coronavirus.

“So if you go out this weekend, follow social distancing rules.

“Keep your distance of 2 metres where possible, wash your hands regularly, and limit contact with people.

“The last thing we want is binge drinking putting more pressure on A&E and the NHS , putting others at risk.

”Many thousands of us clapped for our NHS every week – we can now do a little bit more to help them by being responsible when we’re out."

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