Uk News Pub landlord 'devastated' after spending £50k on outdoor dining chalet only to be told it breaks Covid rules United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Jason Kalen, who runs The Marlborough in Wiltshire, said he is angry the council only gave him a week's warning
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A pub landlord in Wiltshire says he’s “devastated” after he will not be able to open as planned next week because his outdoor dining does not comply with Covid-19 regulations.Jason Kalen runs The Marlborough in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and like thousands of other pubs across England, has been preparing to reopen on 12 April.However, he said he is “devastated” and “angry” after he was told by Wiltshire Council a week before opening that a chalet he purposely built at the back of his pub for outside dining breaks Covid-19 rules.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Speaking to i, he said this is just another setback for him and an industry he thinks has been heavily penalised by the Government during the pandemic.He said: “I built this chalet during the first lockdown not only to boost numbers once we reopened, but also to stick to Covid specifications – making sure people were two metres apart, there was plenty of ventilation, rules we followed when we reopened last July.“The council even came round to inspect it last year. They said it looked good and how great it was we were using our initiative.” Read More Pub rules: Covid restrictions in place when pubs and restaurants open outdoors from 12 April, explained However, last week, he was told by Wiltshire Council that because his chalet, which cost him £50,000, was roofed and enclosed, he could not yet open it up for public use.The council based their regulations on rulings set in place in 2007 when legislation came in to make pubs smoke free. The law prohibits smoking in any public place that is “enclosed or substantially enclosed”, so if more than 50 per cent of the walls are present then it is illegal to smoke in the area.But he said: “It’s outside, it’s raised off the ground to give it ventilation, the double doors open wide and the roof has a one inch gap around the outside.“Look, to be honest, I’m not angry about the chalet because it will add to the business eventually, it can be used for private hire and we already have a wedding booked in.“No, I’m angry because of the way they have dealt with it at the very last minute and claiming these regulations were in place from day one – which is news to me.
News source = PremierLeague-News.Com
. I have always played by the rules and I intend to for as long as we have to live with these regulations.“But we knew this was happening on 22 February, so why didn’t the council contact us all then and make everything clear to us? To do it at the last minute is wrong and unfair.”He said the hospitality should be given some leeway now as he feels it has been penalised since day one. Read More Drinkers warned to take cash to pubs when they reopen as landlords may struggle with card payments outside He said: “I think we’ve been jumping through a lot of hoops. We’ve spent time and money making sure our venues are safe, clean and Covid secure, from putting up screens to working out one way systems to installing signs and hand sanitisers – we’ve spent a small fortune.“And yet every day there’s something else, it’s one more thing for us. Pubs are the backbones of this country and [a pub is] one of the safest places to be! We‘ve been penalised since day one even though we’ve made them safe places to be. Yes, some people can get silly when they’ve been drinking but we can control it.”When asked if he was planning any other measures so he could open up on 12 April, he said: “No, we’ve made a conscious decision not to open until 17 May – that’s another month of no business. I’ve got £3,000 worth of wine and £5,000 worth of beer ready to be sold.“Thankfully, my business will survive but there are many that won’t. These decisions affect every pub and it’s all well and good saying we can put up marquees and gazebos but they’re never going to work at any time of year in Britain.”i has contacted Wiltshire Council for comment.
Source = PremierLeague-News.Com