Posted: Fri 25th Sep 2020

Investigation on pub’s alleged lack of social distancing

North Wales news and information

Police and public protection officers are investigating allegations that social distancing rules were not being followed at a Gwynedd pub.

Gwynedd council has confirmed that a joint investigation is ongoing following complaints relating to Bangor’s Waverley Hotel.

A spokesperson for the pub, which remains open, said staff have followed all possible measures to enforce that customers adhered to social distancing rules.

She told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “We have a track and trace book and are asking people to use the NHS app.
“We’ve been doing everything right. People try to talk to each other.
“Last week, one of my staff had to tell a group that only six of them were allowed, but sometimes it’s hard to control them.
“But everything we have here is spaced out both inside and outside.”

A Gwynedd council spokesman said: “The council’s public protection service is carrying out a joint investigation with North Wales Police following complaints that social distancing rules were not being complied with at the Waverley pub in Bangor.

“This work is currently ongoing.”

He added: “Businesses play a vital role in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus and to keep our communities safe.

“We continue to carry out joint visits with North Wales Police to ensure that all licenced premises strictly follow the coronavirus rules and regulations.

“Those who flout the regulations after warnings will face action which can include the power to close a licensed premises.”

By Gareth Williams – Local Democracy Reporter

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