Bars, cafés and restaurants in Ceredigion are being reminded that lockdown laws still do not permit people from different extended households or ‘social bubbles’ to meet together in order to eat or drink inside their premises.

People from different social bubbles may meet up together outdoors, but should observe Welsh Government social distancing guidelines and keep 2m apart. Businesses are still required to take all reasonable measures to ensure that persons from different social bubbles on their premises maintain 2m distance, including outdoors.

The law only allows people from different social bubbles to meet up indoors in order to do something together for a limited number of reasons. These reasons include work, receiving medical assistance, childcare, and attending marriages, funerals or places of worship.

The restrictions on gathering indoors do not apply to members of the same household, their carers, and extended households that are part of their agreed ‘social bubble.’

Businesses remain under a legal duty to provide information to those on their premises about how to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus. Ceredigion County Council has produced signs for indoor and outdoor use that businesses may use to remind customers about the remaining restrictions on meeting up indoors. Bars, cafés and restaurants are invited to use these signs or their own similar notices.

Ceredigion businesses have been doing all that they can to ensure that the county stays safe as lockdown is eased. However, where enforcement officers consider it necessary and proportionate to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus, premises may be issued with an improvement or closure notice.