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Ventilation is key for hospitality premises to keep Covid safe this winter

Published: Thursday, 2 December, 2021

With the emergence of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant it is even more important for hospitality businesses such as pubs, restaurants and cafes to think about ventilation and help reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

Letting fresh air into indoor spaces can help remove air that contains virus particles, and reduce the potential for the spread of Covid-19. Opening doors and windows regularly to get a through-draught, or using air-con that extracts stale air outside and brings in fresh air, will help.

Stroud District Council Licensing and Covid officers are currently visiting businesses including hospitality, shops and factories, to give advice and suggestions to help reduce the risk of Covid-19.

If the businesses are licensed, officers will also check that licences are up to date and give advice in case changes are needed, or new copies required.

And following the success of the recent seminars to help businesses manage Covid through the winter, SDC’s Health and Safety Team has arranged an extra session at the council offices at Ebley Mill on 13 December, from 10am-1pm. 

It is suitable for all businesses, including hospitality and entertainment venues, shops and indoor workplaces such as offices and factories.

To book a place please follow the link:

Cllr Doina Cornell, Leader of Stroud District Council said:

“We’re doing all we can to ensure businesses can operate safely through the winter, and their customers and those who work indoors are safe.

“One of Stroud District Council’s priorities is to support our businesses and the local economy from the impacts of Covid-19 and our officers are working hard to do that.”

There is more advice for businesses on the Stroud District Council website:

And further advice on the Government’s website

For Covid-19 advice businesses can contact the Health and Safety Team at

For Licensing Advice businesses can contact the Licensing Team at

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