Councillors join spot checks on licensed premises

Councillors join licensing and enforcement officers on spot checks

Members of Selby District Council’s licensing committee have joined spot checks on licensed premises to see that Covid-19 guidelines are being followed correctly.

For some time, the council has been visiting licensed premises regularly, investigating complaints received, giving advice in person and in writing about compliance with current Covid guidelines as well as carrying out spot checks.

On Friday night,  the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Licensing Committee, Councillor Richard Sweeting and Councillor Judith Chilvers, accompanied the Licensing & Enforcement Officers on one of the Council’s regular visits to a number of pubs and licensed premises in Selby and other parts of the district to check the establishments were following the guidelines designed to keep the public safe.

They checked that premises were displaying the QR codes for the track and trace app and that social distancing and the ‘rule of six’ guidelines are being enforced.

Cllr Richard Sweeting visits licensed premisesCllr Richard Sweeting, chair of Selby District Council’s Licensing Committee, said: “Our licensing and environmental health teams are working closely with both North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards and North Yorkshire Police to engage with and inform businesses about complying with the coronavirus regulations. It was very reassuring to see that the majority of premises in our district are working extremely hard to comply with the regulations and following the guidelines diligently.

“Officers have been working hard to investigate possible breaches of the guidelines that have been reported to us and have been working with these businesses to support them operating in a safe way.

“I know pubs, restaurants and shops have had a difficult time during the coronavirus pandemic and this kind of activity helps to reassure their patrons that when they visit these premises they will be safe”

Councillor Richard Sweeting and Councillor Judith Chilvers visited 17 premises on Friday 16 October.