Support Publicans

Support publicans in the fight against coronavirus

Cherwell District Council is calling on people visiting pubs to support publicans in the fight against coronavirus. With the virus still in general circulation, keeping a safe distance and regular handwashing are key.

Cllr Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “Social distancing and hygiene measures are now fundamental to the livelihoods of people working in pubs and other hospitality venues. Publicans have put an incredible amount of work into getting ready to welcome customers again. I would ask anyone who is in doubt about whether they want to respect these measures to imagine that it was their daughter, son, or neighbour behind that bar, and act accordingly.”

Eunan O’Neill, consultant in public health at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “It is because we have been working together as communities and following public health guidance that hospitality venues have been able to reopen. People can enjoy their local pub again and will need to be aware that the experience may be a little different to before the lockdown. The simple steps we can all take, like regularly washing our hands, keeping a safe distance, and avoiding crowds still apply. I would suggest anyone visiting a pub plan their visit, consider avoiding the busier times of day, and carefully follow the hygiene measures that venues have in place.”

In the coming weeks and months, Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council will be sharing public health information and stories of how people’s jobs are changing because of coronavirus, using the #stopthespread hashtag.

Anyone wanting to check the Government guidance on workplace health and safety and food hygiene during COVID-19, can find all the relevant resources via this link:

15th July 2020