Council Leader encourages people to stay alert as night-time economy opens this weekend

03/07/2020, PR-9459

​Wakefield Council's Leader is encouraging people to stay alert as the lockdown rules around pubs and restaurants ease this weekend.

The Council is supporting the Public Health and care sector, who are asking people to stay alert when the night-time economy re-opens tomorrow (4 July).

Social distancing remains critical to containing the spread of coronavirus particularly for vulnerable people and customers. From this weekend licensed premises who are beginning to open will be making adjustments to ensure safety for staff and customers, including signs and instructions put in place to help people understand the new environment. Most will be open shorter hours than normal and some are still preparing to open their doors in the coming days and weeks.

Most businesses will be operating at a reduced capacity with limits on numbers allowed inside at any one time. Organisations in the sector are using their social media platforms to share information about their individual businesses, so customers are advised to check these details and plan their night out accordingly to enjoy a safe, fun experience.

The Council are also working closely with police colleagues to keep people safe and maintain social distancing. There will be a higher and more visible police presence on the streets this weekend and many venues will have increased their own security support. 

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

​Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "I know that many of our residents will be looking forward to the opening of pubs, bars and restaurants across our district this weekend and I hope they have a great time. The important thing is to enjoy visits safely by following the rules and guidance to make sure we have fun without putting our NHS and emergency services under further strain.

"While we fully encourage people to support local businesses please remember the importance of social distancing and frequent hand washing to help control the spread of the virus as lockdown continues to ease and we can start to enjoy what our district has to offer."

Residents can find up to date information on the Council's dedicated coronavirus information web page at www.wakefield.gov.uk/stayingsafe