Covid Business Checks
Our Environmental Health team has been carrying out spot checks on businesses throughout the district to offer support and guidance and make sure they are following the law.
Although officers have specific powers available to them - including closing non-compliant businesses, serving Enforcement Notices and prosecuting repeat offenders - compliance throughout the district has generally been very good with only a handful of Legal Notices served so far.
A common issue found during the visits include failing to make suitable arrangements for monitoring, supervising, and maintaining social distancing. There have also been several businesses serving alcohol that were not providing a main meal, or offering bar snacks and other foods not considered to be ‘substantial’.
Paul Staines, Director of Environment said: “Our officers are out and about in the district to offer support, advice and guidance to businesses. By making sure they have measures in place to manage the risks of coronavirus, we can look after the health of our communities as well as supporting the local economy. We will take enforcement action against unscrupulous businesses.”