An art gallery and a florist in Wellingborough have each been served with a £1000 fixed penalty notice after they were witnessed operating with customers in their premises on more than one occasion.
The Pixie Gallery and Georgiana’s Florist had been visited previously during routine Covid-19 compliance patrols and were given informal warnings about not allowing customers to be present in non-essential shops during the current restrictions. Despite this, during a further check on 12th February and 13th February respectively, both were witnessed again with customers inside the premises and were clearly not operating a “Click and Collect” service, as they are permitted to do.
Due to the fact that the businesses had failed to act upon informal advice and warnings at the first visit, the fixed penalty notices were served.
Councillor Graham Lawman, Chairman of the Borough Council of Wellingborough’s Services Committee, said “Borough council officers and colleagues from partner agencies have been visiting businesses over the last twelve months giving advice and guidance on Covid-19 compliance, however, where businesses fail to act on that informal advice, it is only right that the council uses the range of tools we have been given by the government. The Council will always try to use education and guidance in the first instance and is pleased to help, when asked.”
“Whilst there is now a national road map for gradually lifting the current restrictions, case rates in Wellingborough are still above the national average, and we all need to play our own part in trying to address this by complying with the restrictions currently in place”.
The council’s environmental health team have been working since March 2020 to assist businesses to comply with all obligations, by providing guidance and education. If any business requires advice or support, they can email the Borough Council of Wellingborough’s Health Protection Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org