Bradford Council staff continue to visit businesses in the district to ensure they are following COVID-19 guidelines

Some reports have been made of large gatherings at certain venues, while others have not been COVID-19 secure.

The Environmental Health, Public and Licensing Teams, local Wardens, Ward Officers and West Yorkshire Police have made visits to pubs, restaurants and wedding venues in Bradford to check they are following the statutory guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

1,128 visits have been made to businesses over the last 7 days and some prohibition notices were issued to businesses who have not taken the necessary steps to ensure customer or employee safety.

A prohibition notice can result in the closure of a venue until they have taken the necessary health and safety steps to ensure they are COVID-19 secure.

Businesses are being asked to show they have completed a COVID-19 risk assessment and that safety measures are being taken to control the spread of the virus.

Businesses that have not been able to work within the current guidelines will be given advice by the visiting team and further visits to the premises will be made to ensure the steps to ensure customer and staff safety has been taken.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said: “The aim is to help businesses operate within the guidelines.

“If however, we hear that they have disregarded the guidance and are flouting the law we will have no option but to take enforcement action.

“Coronavirus is still here and infection rates are rising across the district. Businesses have to play their part in helping to prevent the virus from spreading further by adhering to the guidelines.

“Members of the public can also help by wearing face coverings when required and ensuring they stay 2m apart when queuing outside businesses – otherwise they are putting themselves at risk unnecessarily.”

Anyone wishing to report non-compliance can do so by visiting www.bradford.gov.uk/health/health-advice-and-support/coronavirus-covid-19-advice/