Swansea bar closed with immediate effect for violation of coronavirus rules

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A bar in Swansea has been closed with immediate effect for breaching coronavirus regulations. The Copper Bar in Castle Street received immediate notice from Swansea Council after police teams visited the facility on Saturday.

The bar was found to be violating regulations put in place by the council to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The news comes as Swansea has been named as one of the last areas in Wales to come under local lockdown restrictions, which will take effect from 6 p.m. Sunday.

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The bar is the latest establishment in town to receive a closing notice following the closure of Patti Raj Restaurant in Brynmill.

Improvement notices were also sent to the Four Brothers barbershop in Mumbles, Jonny Blades Barbers in Morriston and to Aldi’s local branches in Llansamlet and Gorseinon.

Swansea Council Chief Rob Stewart said: “We need the cooperation of companies very much right now to help us control the infection. The vast majority of businesses work with us and do whatever they can to do the right thing.

“We will continue to work with businesses to help them, but where we have no choice in a small number of egregious cases of non-compliance, we will take strong action.

“Many businesses in the city are doing the right thing, taking their responsibilities seriously and playing by the rules. Those who do not play by the rules put their communities at risk and that is unacceptable.

The new local locking rules can be found below:

  • People will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or study;
  • People will only be able to meet people with whom they are not living outside at the moment. They will not be able to form or be part of extended households (sometimes called “bubbles”). This means that meeting indoors (in people’s houses, in a pub or elsewhere) with people you don’t live with is not allowed at this time, unless you have a good reason, like caring for a vulnerable person.
  • All licensed establishments must stop serving alcohol by 10 p.m.
  • Anyone over the age of 11 will need to wear a face covering in indoor places open to the public, such as shops, as well as on public transport – as is the case in the rest of Wales. (There are a few limited exemptions for people with disabilities and health problems – these are the same as for public transport).

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