A clothing shop in Rochester has been fined for failing to comply with the latest coronavirus regulations.
The business in the High Street was issued with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice on Sunday, 14 February, after it was found to be allowing customers to select purchases in the shop, rather than using a click and collect service.
The business owner had previously been issued with a formal warning from our Trading Standards team after failing to follow government advice.
Businesses which continue to operate illegally during lockdown face an initial £1,000 fine with fines increasing with each further offence up to a maximum of £10,000.
Medway’s Trading Standards team is continuing to offer advice and support to businesses about the latest national lockdown restrictions. Since 1 April 2020 they have carried out more than 13,000 visits to local businesses and issued 29 formal notices to those found to be breaking the guidelines.
The majority of businesses in Medway are continuing to follow government guidelines but the team will not hesitate to take further action against those found to be flouting the rules and putting residents and their staff at risk.
No excuse for putting residents at risk
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We understand the difficulties that businesses are currently experiencing due to the pandemic however, this is no excuse to put residents at risk. Despite having already received guidance and advice from our Trading Standards team, this business continued to flout the latest government guidelines.
“I would like to thank the majority of Medway’s businesses which are continuing to follow the latest national restrictions as well as our Trading Standards team who are continuing to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our residents. We must all work together and follow the latest government guidelines to help keep our loved ones safe.”
Residents can use our online tool to report concerns about a business or venue they suspect are breaking government guidelines. Reports could include information about a business staying open when the government has ordered them to close, not following social distancing measures, encouraging employees to go into the workplace when they should be self-isolating, and not having adequate safety protection measures such as barriers and screens.
The council’s Trading Standards team will review each report before visiting the business, where appropriate, to offer advice and ensure they are complying with the national guidelines, for the safety of their customers and staff.