Salford City Council has warned a local business suspected of breaching the Coronavirus regulations to close down non-essential businesses and regulate trading by others to avoid spreading the Coronavirus and protect the public and the NHS.
The company, which is in the hospitality trade but is not being named by the council, has been served with a prohibition notice under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 and given further advice on compliance.
Staff from the council’s regulatory services team and Greater Manchester Police will work through the Easter weekend to ensure businesses are complying and will monitor the business to ensure it complies with the prohibition notice. Failure to comply with the notice without a reasonable excuse is liable to an unlimited fine on conviction in a magistrate’s court.
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said he was disappointed that the company had failed to follow the regulations despite earlier advice from council officers.
“We and the police have sought to contact over 1,500 businesses in Salford to make sure they fully understand how to comply with these new, vital restrictions. We have hammered home the message that this is essential to save lives and had an excellent response from businesses who fully appreciate why this is so important,” he said.
“I am disappointed that one company has failed to comply and we will now be keeping a very close eye on them.”