Corona: Pubs and restaurants crowded – but none has been forced to close
Cafés, restaurants and pubs are obliged by law to prevent the spread of covid-19. For example to have plenty of space between tables.
Since 1st July it has been the duty of municipalities to see to it that the regulations are followed. The municipalities are also entitled to close businesses which do not follow the new regulations.
”We’ve been out every weekend, both in the evenings and later on”Tijana Stevic, food controller
In Kristianstad 70 controls have been carried out during the summer.
– On our visits we check overcrowding and routines. We’ve been out every weekend, both in the evenings and later on, says food controller Tijana Stevic.
The municipality has received complaints about overcrowding.
– We’ve followed up the complaints, but we’ve been able to solve most problems by having a constructive discussion with the pubs, she says.
For example by removing chairs and rearranging tables to make more space.
In four cases this has led to injunctions and demands for more to be done, for example when guests have been unable to keep at a safe distance from one another.
Discussions with the people in charge have been positive.
”It’s everyone’s responsibility to avoid overcrowding”Tijana Stevic, food controller
– But no-one has had to close. They’ve fixed what was wrong by themselves, says Tijana Stevic.
– We have regulations to follow. It’s a difficult situation for a lot of people, and everyone is trying to make the best of it.
– Its also important to point out – it’s everyone’s responsibility to avoid overcrowding.
The controls will continue. The new law applies until the end of the year.
Control of cafés, restaurants and pubs
On 1st July 2020 a new law was introduced with demands for measures tp be taken to reduce the spread of covid-19. This means that the responsibility for seeing that the regulations are followed lies with restaurants, pubs and cafés. If the regulations are not observed, the municipality can close the business.
The law applies until the end of the year.
Do you think people are sitting too close together at an eating-place? You can report it via a form on the municipality’s web-page, www.kristianstad.se under the heading Coronavirus covid-19. Or else you can call the municipality’s citizens’ centre on 044-13 50 00.
Source: Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Authority) and Kristianstad municipality.