If only a ban on phones existed too!
Landlords in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, have received a letter from the local council asking them to carry out a risk assessment on noise levels. If bar staff are frequently exposed to high noise levels, publicans have been advised that they should make "ear defenders" available to prevent employees from going deaf.
If licensees do not observe the warning they could leave themselves open to future legal action by their staff, they have been warned. Some landlords described the warning as another example of "nanny state interference", and further bureaucracy that had to be overcome. They also expressed concern that staff would not be able to hear which drinks customers were ordering if they had to wear ear plugs. Mark South, landlord of the Cove House Inn on Chesil Beach, the setting for Ian McEwan's best-selling novel, said he was visited by a licensing officer on April 1.
"When I mentioned it to the staff afterwards they thought it was an April Fools Day joke," he said. He added: "The risk assessment equates how often you have live music, the rotation of bar staff, and how often they are exposed to the noise.