Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart is asking people to act responsibly when hospitality businesses welcome back customers from Monday.
The Labour-led administration is imploring people to: Keep Swansea safe, after a relaxation of Welsh Government pandemic restrictions come in to force this week.
It means that cafes, bars and restaurants can serve customers indoors.
But Labour Cllr Stewart warned: “Not acting responsibly or not following the rules could let the virus come back and could lead to lockdown restrictions bring re-imposed as they have in other parts of the UK.
“So please be responsible and stay safe!”
There are big differences to the pre-lockdown situation and stringent new rules will mean:
- Not all hospitality venues are open in and around Swansea
- Eating and drinking is only allowed at tables – no groups
- Two-metre social distancing applies
- Premises are being asked to take customer contact details to help with the Welsh Government Test, Trace, Protect process
- Customers are being asked to plan ahead – including checking opening times and travel arrangements and pre-booking venues wherever possible.
The council is working with partners and businesses to ensure that trading opportunities are maximised whilst keeping people safe.
Cllr Stewart added: “As one of only two areas in Wales to have a Purple Flag which set the standards for the industry – safety has always been at the heart of what we do.
“Now more than ever we want people to feel safe and welcome as they visit hospitality businesses right across the area.
“Our Enjoy Swansea Responsibly campaign asks everybody to be responsible by observing the two-metre rule when out and about, staying home if unwell and washing or sanitising hands as frequently as possible. This way we will all be doing what we can to make sure that we keep each other safe.
“It’s crucial to continue social distancing and to respect all others including those keeping you safe and serving you.
“It’s also important that we do all we can to help the local economy. The council is already doing this with a streamlined process to create pavement cafes, new traffic orders that make Wind Street a pedestrian area all day every day after 11am and a grant scheme for businesses wishing to buy outdoor furniture.
“For that scheme we’ve already had more than 60 applications for the grants of up to £8,000; these will help local businesses expand into safe outside space and we hope to make the first payments shortly.”
The council, Swansea BID (Business Improvement District), South Wales Police, businesses and others are working together on the phased re-opening of the hospitality sector in line with government guidelines.
The night-time Help Point, which is funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Swansea Bay University Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Services Trust, is open in The Strand on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those in need of assistance.
There are arrangements for queuing systems – and signs around the city centre remind people of the two-metre rule.
- Using the city centre – swanseacitycentre.com/covid-19-updates
- Welsh Government Test, Trace, Protect – https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect
- evePASS – https://www.swanseabid.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/evePASS2.pdf
- Help Point – http://www.southwalescommissioner.org.uk/en/our-work/tackling-violent-crime/help-point/
- To apply for a pavement café licence go to swansea.gov.uk/pavementcafe
- Swansea’s Premises Outdoor Adaptation Grant – swansea.gov.uk/outdooradaptationgrant
- Outdoor furniture advice – swanseabid.co.uk/coronavirus-business-updates-latest-news/