Shoppers, diners and drinkers are being urged to vote with their feet and avoid businesses which are not doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

That includes restaurants, pubs and bars that don’t collect customers' contact details for Test and Trace purposes, shops which are failing to enforce regulations around the use of face coverings and businesses which haven’t got measures in place to enable people to practice social distancing.

Meanwhile, businesses in Wolverhampton are being reminded they must ensure they follow the measures set out by the Government to keep Covid-19 infection rates down – or risk losing customers.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Covid-19 is a serious illness and we’re still seeing too many cases of it in Wolverhampton.

“It is the responsibility of us all to do our bit to stop the spread of the virus and not let the sacrifices and progress we’ve made over the last few months go to waste.

“While customers need to make sure they are following the rules, for instance around social distancing, the use of face coverings and behaving sensibly when they are out shopping or enjoying a drink or meal, it is the responsibility of businesses to do all they can to keep their customers – and staff – safe.

“Any pub, shop or restaurant that isn’t following the rules is simply not looking after the health of their customers and employees. 

“I would urge people to vote with their feet and avoid businesses that aren’t taking coronavirus seriously. If a shop, pub or restaurant isn’t keeping you safe, don't go there; instead support local businesses that are doing the right thing."

Shops are urged to ensure: 

  • social distancing is possible
  • staff and customers are able to practice regular handwashing and good hygiene
  • customers wear face coverings, unless they are under 11 or are exempt for medical reasons

Pubs, restaurants and bars should: 

  • record customers’ details so that NHS Test and Trace can contact them in the event of an outbreak
  • ensure customers only socialise in groups of up to 2 households (including support bubbles) indoors, or in groups of no more than 6 people from different households outdoors
  • ensure staff and customers are able to practice regular handwashing and good hygiene
  • notify the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Public Health team by emailing and Public Health England by calling 0344 225 3560 and choosing option 0 and then option 2 if two or more members of staff test positive for Covid-19

Businesses which would like support in implementing the latest Covid-19 guidance should contact the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Trade With Confidence team on 01902 552079 or via

People with symptoms of Covid-19, no matter how mild, should immediately self-isolate and book a test by visiting Coronavirus (COVID-19) or calling 119. Symptoms to watch out for include a fever, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about people that have been close contacts recently.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit Stay Safe, Be Kind