Sheffield bar manager 'uncomfortable' about taking people's details and won’t be reopening on July 4

The manager of a Sheffield bar says he feels ‘uncomfortable’ about taking customers’ details.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 7:32 am
Updated Friday, 26th June 2020, 7:33 am

Pubs and restaurants have been told they can reopen from July 4, but they have been asked to keep a temporary record of all visitors for 21 days and pass this data on if necessary to help the NHS test and trace service manage any coronavirus outbreaks.

Ed Entwistle, manager of Pour Sheffield, a craft beer house on London Road in Heeley, said he would comply but doing so made him ‘a bit uncomfortable’.

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Pour Sheffield, on London Road, in Heeley

Speaking to Toby Foster on BBC Radio Sheffield, he said: “It does make me a bit uncomfortable taking people’s details. For one thing this is what they spent £12 million on a test and trace app isn’t it, which obviously has gone nowhere.

“The onus has been transferred to landlords. We’re meant to be doing the Government’s job for them now.

“I will do it, obviously. I will do whatever I can to make sure that everyone who comes to our place is safe and happy but it does seem a little bit like unqualified people are being put in charge of it.”

Mr Entwistle added that he had taken the ‘difficult decision’ to wait a little longer than July 4 before reopening, ‘just to make sure we’ve got everything in place’.

He said a Twitter poll by the bar found that less than a third of those responding would want to come to the pub immediately or in the first two weeks of reopening, despite the fact table service would be in place.