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Coronavirus: 30 warned for flouting lockdown rules

Coronavirus: 30 warned for flouting lockdown rules

Published by May Norman at 5:27am 6th April 2020.

Warning issued to businesses across Harrogate who flout the coronavirus rules

    • A number of businesses across the Harrogate district have been warned 'they will face fines' if they continue to trade.
    • Almost 30 firms have ignored coronavirus restrictions put in place by the government to stop the spread of the infection.
    • Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police have visited companies reminding them of the rules.

A number of businesses which shrugged off lockdown laws to stay open have been warned they will face fines if they continue to trade – with one pub being handed a heath risk notice after it was caught pulling pints for customers.

Almost 30 firms have been contacted by Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police for falling foul of the government restrictions aimed at stemming the coronavirus pandemic.

And although most companies quickly complied – one unnamed pub was served a prohibition notice after a visit by police officers.

Councillor Mike Chambers, the council’s cabinet member for housing and safer communities, said:

“The rules are clear.

"Unless social contact is kept to the essential minimal, the spread of the coronavirus will cripple the NHS, lead to the death of loved ones and damage UK society and business as a whole.

“We will continue to work closely with North Yorkshire Police and use enforcement powers when businesses refuse to do the right thing and comply with the regulations.

“Remember, we are all in this together. Please stay at home, protect the NHS and help save lives.”

When the country went into lockdown, local authorities and police officers were given emergency powers to serve businesses prohibition notices and fines which can lead to prosecutions. 

It is after only essential businesses – such as healthcare, transport, logistics and food firms – were told they can stay open, although pubs and restaurants are able to trade as takeaways.

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Sergeant Jackie Booth, force licensing manager at North Yorkshire Police, said:

“We’ll continue working with our partners to engage with licensed premises, explain the reasons for the restrictions and encourage them to be responsible.

“The advice is clear, that the best thing we can do to save lives is to stay at home whenever possible.”

Harrogate Borough Council is now urging members of the public to report businesses which they think should not be open during the coronavirus lockdown.

It said it needs as much as information as possible to take action, including the type of business, its exact location and dates and times of operating.

For more information on how to report this visit Harrogate Borough Council.

And for the full list of businesses allowed to stay open, click here.