Ten city premises in the hospitality sector are being investigated by Coventry City Council over coronavirus rule breaches.

Overall, a total of 218 complaints have been received by the council about city premises not following coronavirus guidelines, ranging from a lack of social distancing to businesses operating during lockdown.

Half of the complaints (109) relate to premises in the hospitality industry including pubs, restaurants, takeaways, social clubs and nightclubs.

The council said specific details of the 10 business will not be released during ongoing investigations.

“Out of the 10 premises some enforcement action has already been taken, and some is in progress and may form part of the ongoing investigation, should non-compliance continue,” a spokesman added.

The second-highest number of complaints is against retail premises (52), with 51 for not following coronavirus guidance.

Others include 32 complaints about hair and beauty premises; five against leisure venues; four against offices and 15 relating to others including car washes, construction firms and manufacturing groups.

There has also been one complaint lodged about a school in the city.

Data showed 86 of the complaints are to do with businesses not following coronavirus guidance relating to PPE, social distancing and contact tracing.

Another 23 complaints were lodged against businesses for trading during lockdown.

Neighbouring council Birmingham has taken action against bars for flouting Covid rules in recent months.

Birmingham bar PBs, in Hockley, had its licence revoked in September for breaking Covid-19 rules; while nightclub Nakira on Suffolk Street Queensway had its licence suspended this month following coronavirus legislation breaches.

Coventry City Council has yet to do the same but added the “vast majority of businesses” are following the rules.

A council spokesman said: “Coventry’s Regulatory Service Team (Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Licensing) have been undertaking lots of Covid-19 related work – contacting businesses, as well as the on-going, everyday workload.

“The vast majority of businesses are following the coronavirus advice and guidance in order to protect the public, but our Regulatory Services team are investigating complaints where necessary.

“Most of these relate to allegations made against licensed premises are about not observing adequate social distancing measures, not collecting track and trace details and customers and staff not wearing face coverings.”





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