24th Feb, 2021

Hospitality businesses in Rugby urged to prepare for relaxation of Covid restrictions

PUBS, restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses in Rugby are being encouraged to prepare for a possible lowering of the local Covid alert level from the most severe Tier 3, as cases of the virus in the borough continue to drop.

Rugby Borough Council (RBC) is inviting them to join a seminar aimed at updating them on Tier 3 and Tier 2 regulations, ahead of an expected government review of Rugby’s Covid-19 Tier next week.

The seminar will be held online tomorrow (Friday December 11) at 2pm, hosted by the council and including representatives from Rugby Police, Rugby First, and the council’s licensing, commercial regulation and economic development teams.

Participants will be given the latest information on the Tier restrictions, dates when these will be reviewed, and possible scenarios for remaining in Tier 3 or moving to Tier 2.

They will also be given guidance on how to manage numbers and household groups and comply with other measures, enforcement of the restrictions, and roles and responsibilities over the Christmas period.

RBC growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Jill Simpson-Vince said: “We know that the current Tier 3 restrictions have hit Rugby’s pubs, clubs and restaurants hard.

“With confirmed cases of Covid-19 substantially reduced we would encourage the industry to prepare in case the government move Rugby to Tier 2.

“We could find ourselves moved to a different Tier at only a few days notice and in one of the most important trading periods in the year. We want to do everything we can to help businesses prepare.”

The infection rate in Rugby as of today (Thursday December 10) is 110 cases per 100,000 people, down from 158 when Warwickshire entered Tier 3 on December 2.

Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/hospitality to sign up for the free webinar.

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