Council issues first fine to business in breach of coronavirus restrictions

28/05/2020, PR-9413

​Wakefield Council has been working to ensure that local businesses follow the latest Government guidance during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Council follows up all reports made and has already received hundreds of concerns from residents, businesses and staff during the lockdown period. At the weekend the Council issued a Fixed Penalty Notice to a restaurant that was operating in breach of the current restrictions.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “Firstly, I would like to say thank you to all the residents and businesses that have complied with the restrictions during this incredibly challenging time.

“Unfortunately, there is a small minority of those that aren’t operating safely. This is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We want to reassure residents that we will act on any report of a businesses in breach of the restrictions and we will take action if necessary.

“The restrictions are there to help keep us all safe – including the businesses as well as residents. It is important that we follow the latest advice to help control the virus and save lives.”

The Council is working with the Police to ensure businesses are only operating when they can legally do so, and are following social distancing and Coivid-19 secure measures in the workplace. 

The Council is able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to those businesses found to be in breach of the restrictions. A first fixed penalty is set at £100, or £50 if paid within 14 days. The penalty is doubled for each subsequent breach up to a maximum of £3,200.

The latest Government guidance on which businesses are able to reopen, and advice on how to provide a safe place to work and comply with social distancing, is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

For further advice on how to comply or to report concerns regarding breaches of the coronavirus restrictions, contact the Council on 0345 8 506 506 or email food@wakefield.gov.uk

The Council is also offering advice and guidance to support a successful reopening of the local business community as Government restrictions begin to lift. Businesses needing support can call 01924 306630 or email info@wakefieldfirst.com

The latest Government advice to help control the spread of the virus is to:

·  Stay at home as much as possible
·  Work at home if possible
·  Maintain social distancing (2 meters apart) outside of the home
·  Go to work if social distancing can be maintained
·  People can now take unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise
·  Contact with other people should be limited, in line with the guidance
·  Continue to stay at home if shielding
·  If possible, wear a face covering when in an enclosed space where social distancing is difficult outside of the home
·  Wash hands regularly, for 20 seconds
·  Avoid public transport if possible
·  Self-isolate if anyone in the home has coronavirus symptoms

The Council has provided information and guidance on its dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD