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Force assisting Rushcliffe hospitality businesses reopen safely

April 7, 2021
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Local neighbourhood officers are working closely with partners to actively support the hospitality sector reopening safely.

The force and Rushcliffe Council are working in partnership to produce a new fact sheet to help staff safely welcome back customers to restaurants and licensed premises. 

The guide has now been sent to over 200 premises across Rushcliffe with the vital information government has set out on how to operate in a Coronavirus secure way, as restrictions gradually lift in the coming weeks from Monday 12 April. 

In line with current guidelines until 17 May, food or drink may only be consumed in outdoor facilities and table service must be in place with social distancing in place wherever possible and booking of a maximum of six people or two households. 

Customers are allowed inside premises to use the toilet or baby change facilities, but must wear a face covering when doing so. 

Businesses must also ensure all outdoor facilities, including marquees or other temporary structures placed in car parks or any part of a premises are in line with the guidance and the government’s ‘hands face space fresh air’ approach.

No one should enter an outlet if they have any COVID-19 symptoms and in West Bridgford signage will again outline a Public Spaces Protection Order is in place outlining local rules on drinking in public spaces in the town.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Executive Manager for Neighbouroods Dave Banks said: “It’s been such an unprecedented time for businesses since the pandemic began last March, we want to do all we can to assist them reopening safely from April 12 whilst ensuring business owners are fully aware of their obligations to operate securely.

“Our Environmental Health and licensing teams will be available with assistance and advice every step of the way as we all again adapt to central government advice. 

“Customers equally have their role to play to enjoy premises again responsibly and follow all the guidance and crucially ensure they log their details on the app or with staff. Let’s all play our part so we can help the restrictions ease smoothly.” 

Rushcliffe Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry said: "We are all looking forward to getting back to some sort of normality after months of restrictions.

"Many of our pubs, cafes and restaurants will be opening, including those on Central Avenue in West Bridgford and the surrounding areas.

"Obviously this is exciting for people to be able to go back to their favourite haunts and meet with friends and family, but we must urge people to remain cautious.

"We will have officers out on patrol, as they have been throughout these strange times, engaging, educating and encouraging people to stick to the government guidelines.

"It's likely to be busy, but we hope people will behave responsibly.

"People can expect to see a large number of uniformed officers on duty especially around our town centres across Rushcliffe.

"I am very keen, as are all local partners, to support businesses as recovery takes shape."

Copper café and Bar in West Bridgford were among those to welcome the fact sheet as they build on their successful takeaway options of recent months. 

General Manager Joel Tait said: “Whilst lockdown was a very difficult time for us all, we decided to remain open, with takeaway options of our well-loved coffees and cakes for our customers. We look forward to building on this recent success with further offerings from April 12.

“We are very grateful for the fact sheets and guidance provided to us by Rushcliffe Borough Council as we want to ensure that we are taking all necessary measures to guarantee that we are completely COVID secure in preparation for the reopening this Spring.”

Available at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/businesscoronavirus the fact sheet highlights businesses must again collect contact details of all customers or direct them to the Test and Trace QR code on smart phones to log their visit to any outlet.

If businesses or customers have questions or need advice, the Council’s Environmental Health team are on hand with support by emailing envhealth@rushcliffe.gov.uk or calling 0115 981 9911.

Picture caption: Copper General Manager Joel Tait Insp Craig Berry and Rushcliffe Borough Council's Dave Banks with the new hospitality guide for secure reopening.

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