Fixed Penalty Notices being issued to non-compliant businesses

Businesses in Watford are being urged to adhere to Government coronavirus restrictions after the owner of a local barber shop has been fined £1,000 for failing to close their business and risking the safety of staff and customers.

Following concerns raised by members of the public, and working in partnership with Herts Police, the council’s Environmental Health officers visited the barbers where they found evidence that the business had been continuing to carry on operating despite being told they should close.

The evidence collected at the time was then used to issue the FPN under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations for failing to close the licensed premises whilst Watford was required to keep to Tier 4 restrictions (in place before the current lockdown). The council has spoken to the owner, who has admitted the offence. Barbers and hairdressers should still be closed under current national lockdown restrictions

In Watford, so far seven FPNs of £1000, have been issued to cafes, pubs and barbers. The council will be preparing prosecution cases against businesses that have not paid their FPNs.

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