A nightclub has continued to ignore coronavirus guidelines despite being previously shut down for breaching the rules.
Eden Bar and Lounge in Bridgend was temporarily closed for failing to comply with coronavirus regulations yet a large queue of people ignoring social distancing was spotted outside the club on the night it reopened.
Officers from the Shared Regulatory Service (SRS), a partnership between Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan councils, closed the club for two weeks on October 3 due to concerns over social distancing and queue management.
At the time the club was closed, a spokesperson said management was appealing the decision because they believed they had “stuck to the government guidelines”.
They also said they felt the leisure industry is going through a tough time and the government has “turned their back” on the industry and that it is “on the verge of collapse”.
When the club reopened on Saturday October 17, people were seen queuing next to each other without keeping two metres apart. When approached for a comment on the matter, Eden Bar and Lounge did not respond.
According to Welsh Government guidelines, business owners must encourage customers and staff to maintain social distancing while they are queuing outside their premises.
They must also take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19. This mainly consists of improving hygiene and limiting face-to-face interaction, particularly when social distancing cannot be followed.
When the club was initially closed, Bridgend County Borough councillor Dhanisha Patel said enforcement officers are conducting regular checks on businesses to make sure they comply with coronavirus guidelines.
She added that they “will not fail to prevent a business from opening if they are found to be ignoring or not taking their responsibilities seriously on staff and customer safety”.
The council is urging anyone with concerns about the adequacy of the Covid-19 safety measures at any licensed premises to get in touch directly with the service so their complaints can be investigated.
To contact the service, call 0300 123 6696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the date and time the events were photographed or witnessed.