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Huge police presence in Cardiff on Friday night as city tries to avoid repeat of chaos

There was a heavily police presence in Cardiff last night after several bars were threatened with closure if they do not make better efforts to enforce social distancing.

Cardiff council had given Coyote Ugly, along with Peppermint, Mocka Lounge, Rum and Fizz, and Gin and Juice just 48 hours to make changes to the way they operate.

It followed shocking scenes emerged on St Mary Street in Cardiff showing hundreds of people packed like sardines queuing for a bar.

There have been widespread concerns about a potential second wave of coronavirus starting in young people after a local lockdown was ordered for Caerphilly.

Pictures from last night showed police and door staff in PPE trying to manage the situation.

However there were many revellers out who were paying little attention to social distancing and there appeared to be several scuffles.

The chair of Cardiff’s licensees had this week sent a rollicking email to city centre pubs and restaurants telling them to sort it out after last weekend’s mayhem.

Nick Newman, the chairman of Cardiff Licensees Forum, told businesses that both police and the council “will be out in force this weekend.”

Mr Newman explained he has spent the past few days responding to “unfortunate events” from Friday and Saturday night where multiple premises were issued with improvement notices.

In the email, Mr Newman said: “In all honesty colleagues, I’m not going to waste my valuable time advising you as to how to properly (and safely) manage your businesses. I’m simply writing to let you know that compliance officers from both police and council will be out in force this weekend.”

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Mr Newman explained that the notices bars received on the weekend were the only warning they would get.

“I sent an email out to everyone on 6th August with the subject line: ‘Risk to Business’.

“Quite clearly some of you read it – others did not. Nobody needs (or at least nobody should need) another voice telling them about the risk that Covid presents to business and to health, but if we were to say that last weekend’s notices were a warning we can be certain that it’s the only warning we’re going to get.”

He advised that businesses ensure they are complying with social distancing rules, adding several points they should be following.

One of those included not allowing customers to move table and chairs. He also highlighted that businesses should not be hosting DJs on any night.

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