What to do if you think a business is breaching the lockdown rules

Date Published: 19 November 2020

Businesses throughout North Kesteven have been warned that the District Council is keeping a close eye out to make sure that only those allowed to be open during the lockdown are operating within the restrictions – and doing so safely.

Cllr Mervyn Head, Executive Board Member with a special interest in Public Protection, said that since the beginning of the first lockdown the Council had been made aware of a number of businesses that had breached the rules and formal action had been taken against one which led to a prohibition notice and a fine being issued.

“The majority of complaints we receive come from members of the public and other businesses. Often there has been a genuine misunderstanding but occasionally it has been someone trying to bend the rules.

“Wherever we are made aware, we investigate and take appropriate action; which we’ve done during both lockdown periods,” said Cllr Head.

The majority of complaints about businesses staying open have been about mobile phone shops, carpet retailers, car washes and hairdressers – none of which can open during the ongoing restrictions.

Members of the public who are concerned about a business operating inappropriately during lockdown are asked to visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

Cllr Head said: “This website gives an overview of what business categories are classed as essential. It is worth visiting because a number of complaints have been based on personal opinion when in fact the businesses have been classed as essential. There are also slight changes in the scope of permitted trades this time compared to the spring.

“After checking, any ongoing concerns should be raised with North Kesteven’s Public Protection unit at EHteam@n-kesteven.gov.uk (or call on 01529 414155) and we will then take the lead in investigating if there has been a genuine breach of the restrictions and take appropriate action.”

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