Colchester Pubwatch supports council’s enforcement warning for bars not following social distancing

5/8/20: Story courtesy of The Daily Gazette

A CRACKDOWN on pubs and bars which don’t obey social distancing guidelines has been announced by Colchester Council following concerns about lack of social distancing at a number of venues.

The council also says it has received complaints from the public about a number of other venues in Colchester.

Council bosses are now calling on premises owners and customers to obey the rules, or face enforcement action, as well as risk a spike in coronavirus cases.

The council, working with partners including Pubwatch and the Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) is now reminding licensees and owners of their responsibilities to ensure people can visit their premises safely.

Public safety boss Mike Lilley said: “We will be working with Pubwatch and others to remind licensees and owners of their responsibilities.

“I am also issuing a strong warning to those found to be breaking the rules that we will take whatever action we need to enforce them to do so or close them.”

If a venue is found not to be complying with the necessary regulations a Community Protection Warning would initially be issued by Colchester Council.

Ultimately if all steps and warnings are not complied with the venue could be closed.

Andy Starr, chair of Colchester Pubwatch said: “Colchester Pubwatch supports the council in taking reasonable measures to enforce Social Distancing in the night time economy.

“We are all united in the fight against Covid-19 and look forward to the time when Colchester can fully re-open and start dancing again.”