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Council fines local businesses for Covid-19 breaches

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Business owners are being warned not to contravene the government's strict Covid-19 safety measures after a number were heavily fined for not ensuring the safety of their customers. 

The warning follows visits by council enforcement officers to more than 1,000 businesses in Gateshead to ensure that they are following the government's regulations aimed at managing the spread of coronavirus. 

Those visits - plus a number of complaints from the public - resulted in a number of businesses being issued with fixed penalty notices for not observing the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations imposed by the government in July this year to manage the spread of coronavirus.

Last month The Plough Inn in Kibblesworth was issued with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice after being visited by the Police following a complaint by a member of the public about a party being held in the pub. The complaint alleged that customers were being allowed to freely mingle despite the regulations requiring only table service with no mixing outside of households.

Pubs
Above: the Three Tuns and The Plough were both fined
Another pub to receive a £1,000 fixed penalty notice was the Three Tuns in Sheriff Hill which had been visited by Police officers following a number of complaints. Council enforcement officers reviewed the pub's CCTV and noted several offences taking place. They issued a £1,000 fixed penalty notice for failing to prevent groups of people from mingling, and a further £2,000 fixed penalty notice - and a prohibition notice - for serving alcohol after hours.

Two barbers in Coatsworth Road were also found to be contravening the safety regulations after the two jointly-owned shops were found to be failing to record customer details for contact tracing or carrying out any cleaning of surfaces after customer contact.

Council enforcement officers were asked to attend by Northumbria Police and after noting the infringements issued a £1,000 fixed penalty notice for not recording customer details and served the owner of the two businesses with a health and safety improvement notice.

It is understood Police officers returned the following day and fined a number of customers for not wearing masks.

Council officers say they will continue to work with the Police and react to complaints from the public about businesses operating unsafely.

Gateshead Council has proactively visited more than a thousand businesses since the new regulations came into force to provide help and advice on operating in a covid-secure way. The majority of premises visited were found to be following all the necessary procedures.

However, Council officers say they will continue to work with the Police and react to complaints from the public about businesses operating unsafely.

People queuing wearing facemarks
09 November 2020

Business owners are being warned not to contravene the government's strict Covid-19 safety measures after a number were heavily fined for not ensuring the safety of their customers. 

The warning follows visits by council enforcement officers to more than 1,000 businesses in Gateshead to ensure that they are following the government's regulations aimed at managing the spread of coronavirus. 

Those visits - plus a number of complaints from the public - resulted in a number of businesses being issued with fixed penalty notices for not observing the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations imposed by the government in July this year to manage the spread of coronavirus.

Last month The Plough Inn in Kibblesworth was issued with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice after being visited by the Police following a complaint by a member of the public about a party being held in the pub. The complaint alleged that customers were being allowed to freely mingle despite the regulations requiring only table service with no mixing outside of households.

Pubs
Above: the Three Tuns and The Plough were both fined
Another pub to receive a £1,000 fixed penalty notice was the Three Tuns in Sheriff Hill which had been visited by Police officers following a number of complaints. Council enforcement officers reviewed the pub's CCTV and noted several offences taking place. They issued a £1,000 fixed penalty notice for failing to prevent groups of people from mingling, and a further £2,000 fixed penalty notice - and a prohibition notice - for serving alcohol after hours.

Two barbers in Coatsworth Road were also found to be contravening the safety regulations after the two jointly-owned shops were found to be failing to record customer details for contact tracing or carrying out any cleaning of surfaces after customer contact.

Council enforcement officers were asked to attend by Northumbria Police and after noting the infringements issued a £1,000 fixed penalty notice for not recording customer details and served the owner of the two businesses with a health and safety improvement notice.

It is understood Police officers returned the following day and fined a number of customers for not wearing masks.

Council officers say they will continue to work with the Police and react to complaints from the public about businesses operating unsafely.

Gateshead Council has proactively visited more than a thousand businesses since the new regulations came into force to provide help and advice on operating in a covid-secure way. The majority of premises visited were found to be following all the necessary procedures.

However, Council officers say they will continue to work with the Police and react to complaints from the public about businesses operating unsafely.

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