Business Forum - Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update 25th Sept 2020

Posted on Mon 16th Mar at 2:09pm

  • Thank you to all those who attended our last business forum on Monday Sept 14th.  

    We would like to invite you to attend our next Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism (SCT) Business Forum via Zoom on Monday 28th September from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

    At the last forum we were joined by local PCSO Graham Kendall who gave information regarding wearing and enforcement of wearing a face covering as follows;  

     A Visor does not count as a face covering - "a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth" and "must fit securely round the side of the face."  The new requirement to staff and customers to wear face coverings has been confirmed as only applying to consumer facing staff and not back of house, kitchens or office areas.  Staff working in any of these areas will only have to put on a mask when they move into public customer facing areas of the business.

     Enforcement - You have the right to refuse admittance to your business for those refusing to wear a face covering unless they are exempt or under 11 years old.  Your place of business is classed as private property and members of the public are only permitted to enter the premises if they are invited to do so i.e. through signage etc.  Therefore all invited visitors need to abide by the terms and conditions that allow them to enter your premises.  There is a fixed penalty fine for those refusing to wear a face mask in indoor public areas however Dyfed Powys Police envisage dealing with offences surrounding the refusal to wearing a face mask i.e. public order offences.  The Police can be called if the person or persons refusing to wear a face covering either refuses to leave the premises when asked or creates a public disturbance on or outside the premises.

    PCSO Graham Kendall also gave some valuable feedback as to how the safety procedures have been working around the village.  (see attached video)

    We also discussed the Cafe Culture in the village and Phil Baker was keen to hear any comments on the scheme to feedback to Marc Owen, Street Care and Parking Manager at Pembrokeshire County Council.  

    If you have not already received the following please email us and we can send you attachments for the following:-
    • a short video from the last forum
    • the latest update from UK Hospitality,
    • the new NHS COVID-19 App that all businesses are being encouraged to download and install
    • the latest update on alcohol restrictions.

    Please find the link below to the next forum which will also be accessible via our Chamber website.

    Meeting ID: 835 3585 1817 (No Password Required)

    We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

    Best wishes

    Dilys Hackett & Holly Thompson
    (Chair) &. (Vice-Chair)

    Last week we welcomed Alistair Tyrrell, Street Care Officer from Pembrokeshire County Council who answered questions regarding the cafe culture, the extra pavement space and parking in Saundersfoot.  

    We are hoping Alistair will be able to join us again tomorrow night.  The link for the free track and trace as sent by Andrew Evans is

    We are finding many business owners are busy now the season has started to pick up after re-opening.  We are happy however to continue with the Business Forum as a means of sourcing valuable feedback and any questions or issues anyone may have regarding the new safety procedures within their own business or in the village.  We have agreed that we hold future Forums on a  fortnightly basis (after tomorrow's meeting), rather than weekly and for as long as demand dictates.

    We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night at 7:00pm
    Cafe Culture
    Local business owners met on Wednesday morning in Saundersfoot with Pembrokeshire County Council Street Care and Parking Manager Marc Owen, Street Care Officer Alistair Tyrrell and County Councillor Phil Baker. Following discussions at the Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism (SCT) Business Forum on Monday night, Street Care Manager Marc Owen, who also attended the Forum, was happy to meet with cafe and restaurant owners to discuss and offer advice on setting up a cafe culture during the summer season.
    The temporary additional shared space created last weekend can accommodate extra outside seating for the local food establishments and provide more room for the pubic on the street. The aim is to help local businesses with their reduced customer capacity due to Covid -19 restrictions at the busiest time of the year, help create space for the public queuing outside shops and assist with the Wales 2 metre social distancing legislation.
    SCT Chair Dilys Hackett commented,
    "As a Chamber for Tourism, we are working hard to help the sustainability of the village economy and provide as safe an environment as possible for everyone to be able to enjoy their time in the village. We hope our visitors and locals alike can help us to navigate our way through a very unusual time"

    Summary - Business Forum 27th July
Thank you to all who attended last night's SCT Business Forum.

We received apologies from those who were unable to attend due to work commitments (thank you!) and the general feeling was for the Forum to continue as it provides a valuable platform to discuss ongoing covid-19 awareness, give feedback regarding safety procedures that are being implemented and suggest new ideas and/or tweak existing strategies to help keep Saundersfoot as safe as possible over the coming weeks.

Joining us last night was Pembrokeshire County Council Street Care Manager Marc Owen who answered queries and offered advice on the social distancing concerns that people had raised within the village.  We currently have additional space along Cambrian Terrace and The Strand to enable a 'shared space' for food establishments to have extra outdoor seating and the public to have a widened pavement area to help with social distancing and queuing outside shops.  It was felt that the public walking along the Strand did not seem to be using this space, opting to walk on the road instead.  It was felt signage may be necessary to encourage people to walk within the cordoned off area.  Marc Owen was happy to listen to discussions from Holly Thompson and Debbie Ludlow regarding managing social distancing between customers eating outside premises and the public walking past.   Marc Owen also informed us that a designated additional outside space was being considered for The Harbour Bar, infront of the premises on the pavement to help reduce customers consuming alcohol off the premises.  Marc Owen is meeting with Periwinkle and Little & Large Lite Bites in Saundersfoot on Wednesday to discuss and understand the concerns they have raised.  

Other feedback from those business owners who attended said most of their customers were positive about the safety procedures in place around the village and in the businesses. It was felt that the public were more confident about coming into shops and social distancing and procedures on the whole were being adhered to within the premises.  Cllr Neil Sefton mentioned that the SCC Facebook page had received a few negative comments regarding some blue badge parking spaces being allocated for shared space.  Cllr Baker reassured the forum that although some designated blue badge holder spaces had been temporarily 'lost', spaces had been retained in The Strand for access to the pharmacy and hair salon and other remaining spaces were unaltered.  There were still spaces available for blue badge holders to park in other bays outside Spar, along the Strand and Cambrian Terrace.  All feedback was noted with intent to report findings to the Pembrokeshire County Council.

For summary of earlier meetings click here