Ormskirk Advertiser

Be re­spon­si­ble and pro­tect our pubs from C-19 im­pact

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JUST as we hoped things were re­turn­ing to some­thing ap­proach­ing nor­mal­ity, Covid-19 in­fec­tions have be­gun to in­crease again, with re­stric­tions im­posed on Mersey­side and Lan­cashire, writes Neville Grundy.

For­tu­nately it is not a re­turn to full lock­down, and will prob­a­bly last weeks rather than months, as long as peo­ple fol­low the rules.

Since Tues­day, Septem­ber 22, pubs, bars and restau­rants have had to close at 10.00pm.

Dur­ing open­ing hours, there should be ta­ble ser­vice only, in­clud­ing or­der­ing drinks and food.

All venues must by law take de­tails of cus­tomers for NHS Test and Trace.

CAMRA urges ev­ery­one to be a re­spon­si­ble pub­goer by:

Lis­ten­ing to the staff and fol­low­ing in­struc­tions on signs.

Wait­ing pa­tiently in queues.

Wash­ing your hands or us­ing hand sani­tis­ing sta­tions reg­u­larly.

Stay­ing in your al­lo­cated seat­ing area as much as pos­si­ble.

Us­ing con­tact­less pay­ments if re­quested.

Con­sid­er­ing or­der­ing re­motely (e.g. through an app or web­site) if avail­able. A few do’s and don’ts: Do con­tinue to go back to the pub where you can. Pubs carry out fre­quent clean­ing and sani­tis­ing, and are there­fore safe, reg­u­lated places to so­cialise if you fol­low the rules.

Do give your con­tact de­tails for Track and Trace.

Don’t come to the pub if you, or some­one in your house­hold or sup­port bub­ble, has symp­toms of COVID-19; stay at home and fol­low NHS ad­vice.

Don’t risk get­ting your lo­cal into trou­ble with the au­thor­i­ties by break­ing the rules, es­pe­cially as many of those rules are now le­gal re­quire­ments.

Pubs have had a hard time be­cause of lock­down, and are still strug­gling be­cause of sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced foot­fall

While all the ev­i­dence shows that most peo­ple abide by the re­stric­tions, all their ef­forts can be un­done by the few who de­lib­er­ately refuse to com­ply.

The con­se­quence for pubs and bars is that they may be closed down, caus­ing a fur­ther loss of in­come for a pe­riod of time, or in ex­treme cases, have their li­cence to trade re­voked al­to­gether.

We pub­go­ers have a duty to try to pro­tect our lo­cals from fur­ther harm – please sup­port them by stick­ing to the rules.

More in­for­ma­tion about the new lo­cal re­stric­tions are on the Stand Up For South­port web­site: tinyurl.com/ yy­wgtnu5.

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