Carlisle City Council is reminding licensed buildings to follow coronavirus guidelines or face prosecution.

It comes after the board of Cumberland Inn, Botchergate, Carlisle issued a ban notice by the board today after the pub had no control over the risks associated with the virus.

The council warns local bars of the need to adhere to the rules of social distancing. Determined action is being planned for companies that refuse to abide by the rules.

The ban notice, which is provided under the Health Protection Regulations 2020, prohibits the venue from operating the building as a place used for dancing by members of the public and playing music, whether live or recorded, to dance. The building is also being investigated for violations of the Health and Safety at Work Code etc. 1974 Act for failing to protect both employees and members of the public from the risks associated with the coronavirus.

Licensed building operators are reminded that when playing music somewhere, it must be of such nature and size that it does not encourage dancing and avoid people who need to raise their voices to each other unnecessarily. This includes, but is not limited to, abstaining from playing music that may encourage shouting when played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult.

Regulatory authorities and police are working closely together to monitor the situation in Carlisle, and those who break the guidelines will be investigated.

A spokesman for Carlyle City Council said: “With stricter restrictions in place soon, we are reminding local businesses that we will take action if the rules are not followed. Our priority is the safety of bars and the rules in place to protect everyone.”

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All employers have a legal responsibility under health and safety law to assess and manage Covid-19 risks and protect workers and customers. This means that companies need to think about the risks they face and do everything feasible to reduce them. This responsibility relates not only to hazards within the business but also to outdoor areas associated with the business, for example beer gardens and queues forming on the highway / sidewalk waiting to enter the building.

Government guidelines have been established and all companies need to complete a risk assessment showing that they have taken measures to protect their customers and employees.

It is crucial that customers entering hospitality spaces note and follow instructions provided by business operators. These controls are designed to ensure they are kept safe while enjoying the facilities. It is in everyone’s interest to take care of themselves and others while the risk of contracting Covid-19 infection remains.

Guidance on how to work safely during the pandemic, including social distancing measures, can be found at Gov.uk

If anyone has any concerns about any local companies not adhering to the coronavirus rules, they are asked to contact the city council by sending an email to [email protected]