This week, officers from Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing Teams have issued two fixed penalty notices to businesses for breaking COVID rules. Each business has been fined £1000 as a result.
The action was taken after officers found both businesses were breaching rules put in place to stop the spread of the virus and help save lives.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:
“Although COVID-19 rates in Knowsley are starting to show a slight reduction, we are still one of the worst affected areas in the country. The council has a crucial role to play, with other statutory partners, in ensuring our businesses follow Covid guidelines to keep our communities safe.
“Our teams are carrying out regular spot checks to ensure compliance with the regulations and where breaches are found, we will take action.
“These latest fines demonstrate that those who are found to be breaching legislation and potentially risking the lives of our residents will be punished.”
The £1000 fines were issued to:
- The Railway pub in Kirkby for COVID breaches over the Christmas period, including serving alcohol without a substantial meal.
- A mobile hairdresser/barber, based in Prescot for operating in breach of lockdown restrictions announced on 4 January 2021.
Throughout the pandemic Knowsley Council has worked hard to ensure the protection and welfare of our communities and businesses. This includes the introduction of a team of COVID-19 Prevention and Support Officers to support the Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Licensing teams.
Advice and support has been given to businesses in relation to the regulations. This includes details of the financial support available to those businesses that have been forced to close and ensuring that those businesses that can remain open, are operating in a COVID-secure manner.
Teams continue to work collaboratively with businesses however, officers also need Knowsley residents to contact them with any concerns or issues they may have. Any information received will be investigated – please email environmental.health@Knowsley.gov.uk