A shop in Gwynedd, Wales has been temporarily shut down by public protection officers after complaints were made by the public about its lack of Covid-19 safety measures.

Fairbourne Mini Mart was issued with a Premises Closure Notice on Friday, which will remain in place until February 19 or until officers are satisfied “reasonable measures” have been put in place to minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Gwynedd Council and North Wales Police listed the following concerns which led to the closure:

  • No signage at the entrance to say face coverings must be worn prior to entering
  • No hand sanitising station at entrance
  • No floor markings or signage directing people where to walk
  • Aisles were crowded making it difficult to social distance
  • No one-way system to ensure compliance with the two-metre social distancing rule
  • No protective screen at the till area and no two-metre social distancing
Fairbourne Mini Mart (Image: Google)

The local authority said warnings were given but they were ignored and no improvements were made.

Cllr Gareth Griffith said: “The vast majority of Gwynedd businesses are working extremely hard to keep customers safe and to comply with the Covid-19 regulations.

“This helps to keep our communities safe. Unfortunately, the Mini mart business in Fairbourne has disregarded the advice and warnings given to them.

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North Wales Police chief inspector, Owain Llewellyn, added: “We will continue to carry out joint visits with Gwynedd Council to ensure that all businesses strictly follow the coronavirus rules and regulations.

“It is important to remember that businesses play a vital role in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus and we will do everything in our power to keep our communities safe.”



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