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Noise and reopening of Pubs and other venues

We all welcome the reopening of hospitality premises on the 4th July This means that pubs and other similar venues that have been quiet for many months will be coming back to life and there will be some noise associated with this.

It is important that we continue the work to keep COVID-19 on the retreat. COVID-19 this is an infection spread by airborne droplets.

To this end we would ask patrons not to be too noisy. We also ask they be considerate to neighbours of these pubs who will be experiencing a change in their environment as we progress out of lockdown.

The government’s guidance is clear:

  • at this time, venues should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy and music
  • all venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other, to avoid aerosol transmission
  • This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult and thereby increases the risk of aerosol transmission
  • You should take similar steps to prevent other close contact activities, such as communal dancing.

Pub and restaurant operators can find the guidance online.

Not knowing someone who has had the illness or not having had the virus yourself, does not mean it is not present in the environment; it does mean all our hard work is working. We all want to get back to enjoying going to the pub, cinema, festivals and all the other things we love to do, again and soon, so please keep to the guidance and enjoy your weekend.

With more people at home during the day we are getting more complaints about bonfires, please be considerate to your neighbours and follow the advice on how to prevent a problem to your neighbours here.


Please have regard to your neighbours by keeping the volume of music, TVs and Gaming at a reasonable level, whilst we are all at home, where Gaming or listening to music Headphones are recommended where people are playing noisy computer games or wanting to play music which could be intrusive. Advice can be found here.


Officers will not be visiting people in their homes where we have made arrangements for an out of hours response. These will be logged by the call centre and passed to the investigating officer for follow up.

Last updated: 1 July 2020 | Last reviewed: 1 July 2020