With the date for the possible reopening of non-essential businesses just two and half weeks away, we are encouraging local businesses to keep going and to continue to follow government guidelines.
We have continued to support and advise local businesses. Our Trading Standards team has carried out more than 14,900 visits to local business since April 2020 and has issued 33 formal notices to business found to be breaking government guidelines.
The team has also issued two £1,000 fines. Earlier this month Trading Standards officers fined a car wash in Strood after it was found washing a van, when it should have been closed in line with government guidance. The business owner had previously been advised that the car wash should remain closed and had been given a formal warning. Issuing a fine is always a last resort.
Continuing to offer support and advice
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “The majority of businesses in Medway have continued to follow the latest government guidelines but unfortunately, a small number are continuing to disregard the rules. Our Trading Standards team is continuing to offer support and advice to business to ensure government restrictions continue to be upheld for the safety of our residents. The end of the restrictions for many businesses is so close now and we understand the difficulties all of Medway’s businesses are facing due to the pandemic and I would encourage them to find out more about the financial support available.”
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.
Our 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.