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Priti drops in at The Square & Compasses for an update on how C-19 rules are affecting pubs

From left, Priti Patel with Victor Roome (landlord) Susie Poole (his partner) and Ross Playle constituency organiser during the MP’s visit to The Square & Compasses

Priti drops in at The Square & Compasses for an update on how C-19 rules are affecting pubs

Published: 12th October 2020 - 9:40 am Category: Local News

On Friday (9th October), the Member of Parliament for Witham, Priti Patel, dropped into The Square & Compasses in Fuller Street, Fairstead for a chat with landlord Victor Roome about how his business is coping in the face of Covid-19 restrictions.

Mr Roome gave Priti a tour of the pub and then they had a long discussion about how The Square & Compasses has survived lockdown and how the changes to social distancing regulations are affecting his business.

Priti pulls a pint during her visit to The Square and Compasses, Fairstead
Priti pulls a pint during her visit to The Square and Compasses, Fairstead

Commenting after her visit, Priti said: “There is no doubt that businesses in the hospitality sector are finding it particularly difficult to cope with the continuing restrictions.  Obviously, the Government has to take into account both public safety and the needs of businesses that have to make money in order to survive.  It is a difficult balancing act.  It was very interesting to hear from the front line how things are going.”

Victor Roome said: “I am very pleased that Priti has taken time out of her busy schedule to come and see for herself how we are getting on and to listen to my concerns about the restrictions, particularly in regard to the 10pm curfew and the rate at which freehouses are being lost. We all have to do our bit in the current crisis but care needs to be taken at the top level to ensure that businesses like ours can and do survive in the long term.”



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