Rising complaints about Coventry pubs and bars not following COVID-19 guidance

Coventry City Council has issued a stark warning to businesses in Coventry’s hospitality sector that they face action if they disregard coronavirus rules.

Coventry businesses that knowingly cause nuisance or disorder in their communities or disregard COVID-19 legislation are at risk of being closed down, Coventry City Council has warned.

The stark warning comes from licensing officials in Coventry following the rising number of complaints about practices in some bars and pubs across the city.

Licensing and Environmental Health officials said they have provided considerable support to many hospitality businesses across Coventry in the run-up to and since the easing of lockdown, but despite this, complaints from customers and nearby residents have risen over recent weeks.

Licensing officials are said to have been in touch with establishments where serious concerns have been raised, warning them that unless they change their ways, they will face action, including potential closure.

Cllr Abdul Khan from Coventry City Council, said: “I want to be clear – we do not want to close any business down. Indeed, we have provided considerable support in helping hospitality businesses to reopen and we continue to do so.

“But people’s safety and wellbeing is always our number one priority in everything we do and this is no different. Premises must still act as good neighbours and responsible businesses throughout the pandemic, and they have a responsibility to ensure that their customers act accordingly as well. 

“We know businesses are struggling because of the enforced lockdown but the reality is that if we do not follow the public health rules, another lockdown could be forced on us again.

“The majority of businesses are doing all they can, but some customers flout the rules and I want to be clear we are not targeting those businesses.

“But if we find any business consistently not complying with what they need to do, and they do not respond to our concerns around antisocial behaviour and disorder, then we will use the powers we have to close them until they do.”

Coventry City Council excluded the names of which specific establishments had been reported to them.