Protect each other and be safe over the festive period

18 December 2020

Businesses and residents in South Lakeland are being urged to follow government guidelines after concerns were raised about households mixing and meeting up indoors in pubs and restaurants.

As South Lakeland and the rest of Cumbria is in Tier 2, restrictions are in place that state that you must not mix with anyone who is not part of your household or support bubble when you are indoors. This includes in:

  • Pubs and restaurants;
  • Leisure and entertainment venues;
  • Personal care/close contact services;
  • Public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls.

At least one person in the group should give their contact details to the venue, or each individual should check in using the official NHS COVID-19 app so NHS Test and Trace can contact you if needed.

Find out more at: www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-2-high-alert

Businesses could face a fine if they don’t comply with the regulations and are being urged to check details at booking and at the venue.

All businesses and venues should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. Find out more here: www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Restrictions on businesses and venues in Tier 2 areas include:

  • pubs and bars may not provide alcohol for consumption on the premises, unless with a substantial meal, so they are operating as a restaurant. They may remain open for take-away services.
  • other hospitality businesses – including cafes, restaurants and social clubs – can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. If they are a business which serves alcohol for consumption on the premises, they must be table service only.
  • hospitality venues that do not serve alcohol may allow someone to order from the counter, but they must still consume their meal from a seat if eating in,
  • certain businesses and venues are required to collect customer, visitor and staff data to support NHS Test and Trace,
  • the wearing of face coverings for customers and staff (other than those with exemptions) is mandatory in certain indoor settings. More details here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
  • businesses must ensure that if their workers are required to self-isolate, they do not work outside their designated place of self-isolation

More information here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close

Businesses and venues that fail to comply with these restrictions may face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution, or in some cases closure.

Sean Hall, Principal Specialist (Health & Environment) at South Lakeland District Council, said: “We’re urging local residents and businesses to follow the Covid rules. Please continue to stay safe and help stop the spread of the disease.”