Council urges bars and pubs to “help protect the city” after COVID rule-breaking

The Council reported breaches of COVID rules at Coventry pubs and bars, including Test and Trace details not being recorded, large gathering and a lack of social distancing.

A letter has been sent by Coventry City Council to all restaurants, bars and pubs in Coventry with alcohol licences, urging them to stay within Government guidelines and help “protect the city and its residents”.

The letter comes after some areas of the city saw a rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, with one person testing positive for COVID-19 after visiting several city centre pubs.

The Council explained that the letter comes in direct response to reports of several breaches of COVID rules at city premises, including Test and Trace details not being recorded, large gathering and a lack of social distancing.

Images surfaced online at the weekend of long queues with no social distancing outside certain establishments in the city as people tried to enjoy themselves before the new rule of six came into effect on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Council warned that any premises that do not follow the rules “face action including closure, prosecution and even a licence review.”

They also called for customers to show “their support” as the city works to keep venues open and avoid a local lockdown.

The rise in cases has prompted fears of tougher restrictions, though COVID-19 cases in Coventry remain well below neighbouring Birmingham which has seen local restrictions put in place.

Leader of the Council, Cllr George Duggins, said that while it is a “tough time for the hospitality trade”, they “must follow all COVID regulations”.

“We will not take action lightly, but all businesses should be aware that we will do all in our power to prevent further lockdowns”, he added.