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Reopening businesses warned of Legionnaires’ risk

 
Created on 16/04/2021 @ 09:56

 

With pubs among those readying themselves to reopen for business in the Welshpool area on April 26, owners and managers are being asked to take all reasonable measures to control the spread of Covid-19, as well as to prevent other problems like Legionnaires’ disease.

While businesses are still required by law to maintain appropriate measures such as social distancing and the use of suitable PPE, they are being encouraged to improve the airflow in enclosed spaces to reduce virus circulation.

But due to the prolonged closure period of pubs, restaurants, guest houses and hotels, the council is also urging businesses to check their water systems for possible stagnation as a lack of use can increase the risks of Legionnaires' disease.

Gwilym Davies, Head of Property, Planning and Public Protection, said: “It’s great to see so many businesses back up and running again, but the safety of those around us must stay at the forefront of all our minds.

“Despite the easing of lockdown and a decline in Covid cases we are not out of the woods yet and the virus remains a threat.

“We acknowledge that the vast amount of Powys businesses make every effort to keep customers safe and we are truly grateful for this. Our Public Protection Team are here to help first and foremost, so businesses should not hesitate to get in touch if they need some assistance.

“Using enforcement action is always a last resort, but where non-compliance persists we will issue improvement and closure notices if the situation requires it.”

Help and advice for businesses can be found at: www.powys.gov.uk/coronavirus/helpforbusinesses 

Detailed guidance on Legionella risks can be found on the HSE website: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/legionella-risks-during-coronavirus-outbreak


 

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