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Fixed Penalty Notice served for lack of Covid-19 controls

Published Tuesday, 13 October 2020

A working men’s club in Finedon has been served with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice after breaches were witnessed during two separate visits by officers of the borough council’s environmental health te

Finedon Old Band Club was visited on the evening of Saturday 26 September and again on Saturday 3 October 2020 by officers undertaking routine checks. Despite advice being given at the time of the first visit, and in the days afterwards, breaches were still evident when the club was revisited a week later.
At both visits officers witnessed a lack of social distancing within the premises and inadequate controls in place to comply with the ‘Rule of 6’ that came into force on 14 September. Due to the timescales involved and the fact the business had failed to act upon informal advice at the first visit, the fixed penalty notice was served. The club now has 28 days to pay this, or risk prosecution.
Councillor Graham Lawman, Chairman of the borough council’s Services Committee, said: “It is unfortunate that this business did not act upon the guidance and informal advice of officers, but, serious or ongoing non-compliance will not be tolerated in any business. The government have given local authorities the tools to ensure compliance and the borough council will not hesitate to use these when circumstances require it. We are currently seeing an increase in cases of Covid-19 in the county, so businesses and the public all need to work together to help reduce this.”
The council’s environmental health team have been working tirelessly since March to assist businesses comply with all obligations, by providing guidance and education. If any business requires advice or support they can email the borough council’s health protection team at: healthprotection@wellingborough.gov.uk