The annual Alvechurch Mop fair can go ahead this year, with extra Covid-19 controls in place.
Public Health along with Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) are satisfied the fair has the necessary legal safety precautions in place to run the event.
The decision follows very close scrutiny of the risk assessment provided by the organisers. WRS confirm that the risk assessment is consistent with those provided for similar events.
In law, for an event to be closed down, it must present a ‘serious and imminent risk to public health’. The risk assessment sets out the measures in place to reduce any risk, and these controls mean the fair does not pose such a risk. As a result, there is no legal basis under which the event can be closed.
The Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, Dr. Kathryn Cobain said; “ The fair organisers are meeting the legal requirements for the event and have agreed to add some extra measures to their safety procedures. These controls can help prevent the possible spread of Covid-19 and keep visitors to the fair safe. Of course it is up to each of us to make sure we are following the rules and keeping our distance, following the rule of 6, washing our hands and wearing a face covering when needed. Covid-19 is still with us, we all live side by side with it, and I’d ask anyone going to the fair to follow these rules to keep you and others safe. “
Ruth Bamford, Head of Planning, Regeneration and Leisure at Bromsgrove District Council said; “ If the Government permits fun fairs to go ahead, and they meet the health and safety standards and risk assessments are in place, there is no public health reason that they cannot go ahead.
“We will continue to work with the fair organisers to ensure it operates as safely as possible. The event is being run according to all the necessary legal requirements and the owners have been fully co-operating with us in preparing to open safely. If visitors follow the rules, then a visit to the fair should be a safe and enjoyable one.“
Supplementary measures have been requested with the organisers including thorough cleaning of rides after each use and that adults and children use hand sanitiser before using any rides. In addition Bromsgrove district council representatives have been asked to be at the event to ensure that any breaches of COVID19 controls are acted up on and corrected immediately.