Coronavirus marshals and public protection officers checking pubs, bars and other venues

East Riding Council will be inspecting businesses which have reopened under eased coronavirus restrictions.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 10:40 am
East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull Council Covid marshals will be out and about checking businesses. Photo submitted

Coronavirus marshals and public protection officers are undertaking visits to pubs, bars and other venues as well as non-essential shops.

They are offering businesses advice on how to comply with restrictions and government guidance as well as to check for rule breaking.

An East Riding Council spokesperson said coronavirus marshals would also be deployed at seaside towns to ensure restrictions are followed.

Pubs, bars and other venues are allowed to reopen their beer gardens but patrons are still not allowed inside. Shoppers visiting non-essential stores have been asked to go alone or with their households.

East Riding Council Public Health Director Andy Kingdom said: “Being able to go out and eat and drink outdoors is something that people have been really looking forward to and if this is done responsibly, we stand a better chance of keeping the highly transmissible virus at bay.

“What I would ask people to do at this time is to plan ahead, if you’re going out with friends, agree what you’re going to do and what time you’re going to leave.

“Don’t go back to each other’s houses as when alcohol is brought into the mix, quite often people’s inhibitions fall away.”

An East Riding Council spokesperson said: “Information has gone out to licensed premises to make them aware of their responsibilities under Step Two.

“There will be proactive visits by public protection officers during this week to offer support and advice to business as they re-open and deal with any breaches of the regulations.

“In addition, there will be coronavirus marshals who will have a presence in coastal areas identifying any areas of concern and informing officers so that any appropriate advice or action can be taken.”