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Five Cardiff bars hit with Covid-19 safety improvement notices

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Five popular bars in Cardiff centre were served with improvement notices by officers from the Shared Regulatory Service this weekend for failing to comply with Covid-19 health and safety measures set out by Welsh Government.

Coyote Ugly and Peppermint on St Mary Street, Mocka Lounge on Mill Lane, plus Rum and Fizz, and Gin and Juice on High Street were all issued with notices giving them 48 hours to make changes to the way they are operating.

If the necessary improvements are not made then venue closure notices could be served by Cardiff Council under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Michael Michael said: “It is the responsibility of businesses to ensure that social distancing is maintained and their premises can be used in a way that is safe for customers and staff and minimises the potential for Covid-19 to spread.”

“Ensuring the city centre is safe to visit is a priority and scenes like those seen on St Mary Street at the weekend are simply unacceptable.

“Businesses should be in no doubt that we will take action against any premises that aren’t operating in a safe manner. Officers will be returning to the businesses issued with improvement notices, and visiting others across the city, and will not hesitate to issue closure notices if needed.”

Coyote Ugly was visited by officers on Saturday following the emergence of video footage on social media showing customers queueing to enter the venue failing to social distance. Following the serving of an improvement notice on Saturday the venue acted quickly to resolve a number of identified issues and the business is continuing to work with officers to ensure future compliance with the Notice and regulations. Further compliance inspections are scheduled this week.

Members of the public with concerns about a business can report it via our C2C contact centre on 029 2087 2087.