A barber shop has been issued a closure notice for Covid regulation breaches just a week after the industry was allowed to re-open its doors.
Upper Cuts barber shop on Cardiff Road was issued a closure notice by Newport City Council following an inspection of the premises on Wednesday, March 24.
Inspectors said management were seen to have “failed to take all reasonable measures” to ensure that two metre distancing is maintained in the shop and limit close face-to-face interaction.
The notice also said there was no provision or required use of personal protective equipment, and barriers and screens had not been installed.
But the report said staff were collecting track and trace information and were operating on an appointment-only basis in line with guidance.
Information was also available to those entering or working at the premises about how to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
The Welsh Government allowed hairdressers and barbers to re-open for appointments only on March 15 as part of earliest restrictions to be lifted in the country following months of lockdown.
Upper Cuts is now required to close for a period of 14 days from the date of issue of the closure notice. It will be lifted on April 8.
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The notice brings the total number of businesses in Newport either warned or closed temporarily over coronavirus rules breaches to 12 so far this year.
Since last August councils in Wales have had the power to take action against businesses who are believed not to be adhering to coronavirus guidelines.
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Businesses can also be issued with a closure order, which last for 14 days unless withdrawn.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.