Sandwell customers urged to "vote with their feet" and avoid unsafe shops and pubs
Published 8th April 2021
Shoppers and pub goers are being urged to vote with their feet and avoid businesses not following Covid-19 guidance.
From Monday 12 April, more businesses will be able to re-open following the government's easing of restrictions. This includes non-essential retail, gyms, restaurants and pubs outdoors, hairdressers and beauty salons.
Businesses that aren’t taking contact details and places where people don’t wear face coverings when required should be avoided, Sandwell Council has warned.
And Sandwell businesses are being urged to take action to follow the government’s measures to keep infection rates down – or risk losing customers.
Sandwell’s Director of Public Health, Lisa McNally said: “Sandwell has seen one of the fastest falls in infection rates in the country. It’s been a remarkable achievement by our community.
“In order to maintain this as we come out of lockdown we need local businesses to play their part.
“Our message is that if a shop, pub or restaurant isn’t keeping you safe – don’t go there.
“If a business doesn’t seem to care about my health, or my family’s health, then why should I use their services?
“If you are in a shop where people aren’t wearing face coverings – leave and shop somewhere else. If you are visiting an outside area of a pub or restaurant where people aren’t social distancing and your details haven’t been taken in case of an outbreak, go and drink or eat elsewhere.
“We would like to hear about any business that isn’t taking the protection of their customers seriously.
The hospitality sector and other venues will, from 12 April, be required by the government to take the details of every customer, not just the details of one person from each group as were the previous government guidelines.
West Midlands Police Superintendent, Phil Asquith added: "Our officers along with Sandwell Council will continue our patrols to monitor businesses to ensure they are complying with the latest government rules.
"Businesses found to be flouting these rules could face a fine and closure if caught.
“Customers also need to take this seriously. If a shop, pub, restaurant or any other business isn’t safe, then go somewhere else that is.”
“We hope this will encourage customers to use businesses who are operating responsibly – and to encourage those who are not to take matters seriously and implement measures to keep people safe.”
Customers can report their concerns about shops in Sandwell by emailing PHCovid19_Enquiries@sandwell.gov.uk.