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Wiltshire pub's new chalet 'breaks Covid rules' Wiltshire pub's new chalet 'breaks Covid rules'
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"The Chalet" at The Marlborough has been completed in the past year"The Chalet" at The Marlborough has been completed in the past year
A "livid" pub landlord says he has spent £50,000 on a chalet for outside dining only to be told a week before opening it contravenes Covid-19 rules.A "livid" pub landlord says he has spent £50,000 on a chalet for outside dining only to be told a week before opening it contravenes Covid-19 rules.
Jason Kalen, who runs The Marlborough in Wiltshire, fitted a bar, pizza oven and a TV in the wooden structure.Jason Kalen, who runs The Marlborough in Wiltshire, fitted a bar, pizza oven and a TV in the wooden structure.
He said he followed Wiltshire Council's advice to comply with the regulations.He said he followed Wiltshire Council's advice to comply with the regulations.
But it said government guidance had not changed and outdoor roofed structures had to have at least 50% of their walls open when in use, which his did not.But it said government guidance had not changed and outdoor roofed structures had to have at least 50% of their walls open when in use, which his did not.
The structure cost £50,000 to build
Mr Kalen said: "It's disgusting.Mr Kalen said: "It's disgusting.
"Less than a week before we're supposed to open saying it doesn't comply. It makes no sense.""Less than a week before we're supposed to open saying it doesn't comply. It makes no sense."
The structure cost £50,000 to build
The Chalet was mostly built during the first lockdown in 2020 and was finished in the second. A planned New Year's Eve party sold out, but had to be cancelled.The Chalet was mostly built during the first lockdown in 2020 and was finished in the second. A planned New Year's Eve party sold out, but had to be cancelled.
"I built it to their [Wiltshire Council] specifications. I've got a breathable roof with a one inch gap around the outside, I've got double doors, I've got ventilation through the ground up. Then we get an email saying it's not permitted," he said."I built it to their [Wiltshire Council] specifications. I've got a breathable roof with a one inch gap around the outside, I've got double doors, I've got ventilation through the ground up. Then we get an email saying it's not permitted," he said.
"It's the lack of timing. They should've sent this a month ago, it's just not fair.""It's the lack of timing. They should've sent this a month ago, it's just not fair."
'No surprise''No surprise'
Jess Gibbons, the council's director for communities and neighbourhood services, said: "Following confirmation by the government on Monday night that we will definitely be moving to step 2 of the roadmap on 12 April 2021, we emailed over 800 alcohol licensed premises in Wiltshire with guidance on outdoor hospitality.Jess Gibbons, the council's director for communities and neighbourhood services, said: "Following confirmation by the government on Monday night that we will definitely be moving to step 2 of the roadmap on 12 April 2021, we emailed over 800 alcohol licensed premises in Wiltshire with guidance on outdoor hospitality.
"This guidance is not new - it is the same as the guidance issued previously, following the last re-opening just prior to Christmas which was covered by the "all tiers" regulations."This guidance is not new - it is the same as the guidance issued previously, following the last re-opening just prior to Christmas which was covered by the "all tiers" regulations.
"It is based on the legal rules for smoking shelters in the smokefree legislation from 2007 which licensees will be very familiar with."It is based on the legal rules for smoking shelters in the smokefree legislation from 2007 which licensees will be very familiar with.
"This should not come as any surprise to the hospitality industry - we received numerous complaints about outdoor seating areas becoming very enclosed during the last re-opening period prior to Christmas.""This should not come as any surprise to the hospitality industry - we received numerous complaints about outdoor seating areas becoming very enclosed during the last re-opening period prior to Christmas."