Shropshire Council will be monitor activity in pubs across the county over the coming weeks to ensure they are compliant with national Covid-19-secure guidance.

The council has received reports about non-compliant gatherings in pubs, which is a cause for concern.

Nationally, there are increasing concerns about licensed premises failing to comply with Covid-19 guidance, the main issue being failure to observe social distancing both inside and outside premises.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health said: “While current data indicates the prevalence and transmission rate of coronavirus in Shropshire are low, it is clear from other parts of the country that this could very rapidly change.

“It is vital that both businesses and the public continue to take individual responsibility and follow public health guidance to keep everyone safe.”