Pet business handed improvement notice for breaching Covid rules

A pet service in Newport has been given an improvement notice for breaching coronavirus rules.

Amy’s Fur Babies on Duckpool Road was given the notice by Newport council on Monday, March 1 after it was found not to be adhering to a number of coronavirus restrictions during an inspection on Thursday, February 25.

The business, which offers a range of dog services including vaccines, pregnancy ultrasounds, micro-chipping and vet consultations, was given 48 hours from the time the notice was issued to improve compliance or potentially face further action.

Enforcement officers from the council said the business:

  • Had not enforced reasonable measures for controlling entry to the premises or limiting the number of customers in the premises at any one time
  • Had not provided hand sanitisation products to customers entering or leaving the premises, except for hand gel on a table inside the premises
  • Had not installed signage anywhere on the premises reminding customers to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings
  • Had not put measures in place to ensure social distancing was maintained where people were required to wait to enter the premises

Last month a number of Newport businesses had action taken against them for non-compliance with the rules.

The Cafe at Ridgeway was issued a notice, which has since been withdrawn, after it was found customers using its takeaway service were not adhering to social distancing.

The previous week three shops on the same street were issued with similar notices.

Since last August, local authorities in Wales have had the power to take action against businesses or premises who are believed not to be adhering to coronavirus guidelines.

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According to Welsh Government guidelines, businesses issued with an improvement order are given a specific time – at least 48 hours – in which to carry out specific measures in order to comply with regulations.

Businesses can also be issued with a closure order, which last for 14 days unless withdrawn.

Reasons for taking action include a lack of implementing social distancing, staff not adhering to guidelines including the wearing of face coverings, or lack of prominent display of coronavirus signage and hand sanitiser.

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