Council officials make unannounced visits to check Hale shops and restaurants are following Tier 3 rules

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Trafford Council have carried out spot checks on businesses in Hale this week to ensure that coronavirus rules are being followed.

Environmental Health and Trading Standards Officers have been making unannounced visits to shops and restaurants to make sure strict Tier 3 rules are not being broken.

The officers are checking for social distancing controls – including layout of tables, queuing systems, one-way systems and limiting numbers – mask-wearing by customers and staff, and that track and trace procedures are being followed.

They’re also checking that restaurants are only serving alcohol with food and only allowing single households to sit at tables.

The inspectors will be giving guidance to businesses not following the rules and will take formal enforcement action if improvements are not made.

Cllr Mike Freeman, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Public Safety, Governance and Reform, said: “It is in everyone’s interests to ensure that we get rid of the coronavirus as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to ensure that everyone is following the rules so that we can prevent the virus from spreading around the borough.

“All shops, bars, and restaurants need to follow the rules around mask wearing, social distancing, and track and trace. If we find they are not following the rules, we will give warnings and then take action if the situation does not improve. We are all in this together and we need to work together to see the virus off.”

Officials will be continuing to make spot checks on other businesses in the borough.

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