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Golf club issued with Covid-compliance notice

 
Created on 08/01/2021 @ 21:50
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Powys County Council has confirmed that Llanymynech Golf Club was issued with a Covid-19 compliance notice for staying open despite Wales’ Alert Level 4 restrictions.

The club was told to close for allowing people to continue to play golf, despite them thinking it was OK because they are registered in England.

However, 15 of the club’s holes and the clubhouse are based in Wales and the club also pays its rates in Powys, meaning they should comply with the stricter Welsh guidelines that were in play last weekend before England went into lockdown.

The council said that their Trading Standards Team visited in response to complaints. The officers found 60 cars in the car park and following an investigation a compliance notice was issued on Tuesday.

Newtown Hand Car Wash and Bebbs Hand Car Wash, also in Newtown, were also served with compliance notices when they flouted the guidance and continued to trade.

Alert Level 4 restrictions require people to stay at home unless they can satisfy one of the very few reasonable exemptions.

Golf courses and manual hand car washes are required to stay closed in this alert level and as a result, all three notices will remain in place until the restrictions are lifted by Welsh Government.

Cllr Graham Breeze, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said: “The majority of business premises continue to comply with the Covid-19 regulations and are doing their bit to help control the virus.

“We know this is a very difficult time, but infection rates are extremely high at the moment and the health of our residents must come first. Intervening in this way is always a last resort but the council is left no choice when businesses blatantly ignore the rules.

“The council has supported people in a number of ways during the pandemic, including processing business grants, keeping businesses informed, and helping them to comply with the regulations.

“Please keep doing everything you can to slow the spread so that we can overcome this dreadful virus as soon as possible.”

 

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