Aldi store among businesses caught breaching covid rules

Council workers have caught staff breaching coronavirus regulations at an Aldi store, petrol station, two convenience stores and four takeaway restaurants in Bridgend county.

Officials gave improvement notices to eight businesses between Wednesday, February 10 and Saturday, February 13 for reasons including staff not wearing face masks and failing to provide enough cleaning products for baskets.

Staff at Aldi, Llynfi Road, Maesteg were found to be wearing masks incorrectly when officers from the Shared Regulatory Service (SRS) visited on Saturday, February 13.

A spokesperson for Bridgend council said two members of staff were caught working on the tills with masks below their noses .

An Aldi spokesperson said: “The safety of our customers and colleagues is paramount and face coverings are mandatory in store for all colleagues and customers, with the exception of the small number who cannot wear them for medical reasons.

“We have reminded all colleagues at our Maesteg store of the importance of adhering to these rules at all times.”

Three days earlier, officers from SRS had found staff working without face coverings at Nantymoel Convenience Store in Nant-y-moel.

The next day, officers visited Londis Texaco (Coychurch Rd, Pencoed), Peppino’s Pizza (Penybont Road, Pencoed), Min-y-Mart (Min-y-Nant, Pencoed), and Dexters (Coychurch Road, Pencoed).

A document revealed staff were seen at all four businesses without face masks.

Staff were seen working without masks at Peppino’s Pizza, Pencoed on February 11.

The document also states there was a “lack of hand sanitiser, lack of cleaning product for baskets, lack of social distancing signage (floor markings)” at Min-y-Mart and “lack of hand sanitiser, lack of cleaning product for baskets” at Texaco.

Mrs Phillipa Butt, operations manager at Dex Foods, said members of staff at Dexters who are exempt from wearing masks “generally stay behind the scenes” but they are occasionally “visible at the front of the premises”.

“Whilst still behind the perspex screens,” she added, “the area is still visible to members of the public, so we have been advised that a lanyard must now be worn with the exemption card visible so it is clear to members of the public why one member of the team may not have a mask on whereas others do.

“We completely take this on board, and it has already been implemented.

“We understand that the SRS has an incredibly tough job to do to ensure that all businesses are operating in a safe and secure manner, and are glad that we are adhering to all recommendations.”

SRS officers found staff working without face coverings at Pizza Choice (Bettws Rd, Bettws) and Pizza Point (Oxford Street, Pontycymer) on February 12. They also found there was not enough hand sanitiser or floor markings at Pizza Choice.

Council workers found a “lack of hand sanitiser” and “lack of cleaning products for baskets” at Londis Texaco, Pencoed during a visit on February 11.

The SRS, a partnership between South Wales Police and Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan councils, carries out checks on licensed premises to ensure they comply with government guidelines.

It has issued 75 improvement notices to businesses in Bridgend county borough and temporarily closed four for breaching Welsh Government coronavirus rules.

The service has also given notices to 52 businesses in Cardiff and 47 to businesses in the Vale of Glamorgan.

So far, no businesses have been permanently closed by the SRS for breaching coronavirus regulations in Bridgend.

Businesses are usually given 48 hours to comply with the terms of an improvement notice. Failure to comply can result in closure, a fixed penalty notice, or being taken to court.

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