Three local businesses in Bournemouth and Poole have been served prohibition notices for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions during the national lockdown.
Owner of Happy Buddha shops in both Poole and Bournemouth had previously been issued with two fixed penalty noticed for breaches to the restrictions in place to ensure public and staff safety. However, after follow-up inspections the owner was found to be operating the shops fully and prohibition orders were served. The owner was instructed to put in place measures to safely operate with immediate effect and both businesses are now operating correctly. Businesses such as the Happy Buddha are allowed to sell goods that have been pre-ordered through a website or other remote communication and can be collected by the customer, provided they do not enter the premises.
The owner of Poole Hand Car Wash was issued with a prohibition notice with instruction to close with immediate effect for breaching regulations by remaining open.
Councillor May Haines, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “Since the start of lockdown, our officers have been visiting local businesses to provide advice and guidance on the current government rules, including who can safely remain open and the types of services they can continue to offer at this time.
“We appreciate that these are challenging times, however the government restrictions are in place and we must ensure that they are correctly followed to protect the safety of the public as well as staff. We will only take enforcement action as a last resort where advice and guidance have been ignored despite extensive engagement by our officers.
“I have to say that on the whole, the majority of businesses across Bournemouth and Poole are following the current government rules correctly and it is only fair to those that are acting responsibly that we take action where there are clear and persistent breaches.”