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Public are ‘eyes and ears’ as first Prohibition Notices served

7 April 2020

Despite Government rules around Covid-19 trading restrictions, some non-essential businesses are still opening up to the public forcing the Council to issue its first wave of Prohibition Notices.

Two businesses so far have breached the laws. The first is a barber shop in Willesden Lane, who was open when enforcement officers carried out their inspection.

The second businesses is a tanning shop, in Neasden Lane, whose owner was reluctant to close the shop.

Councillor Tom Miller, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, warned other businesses to take careful note.

 He said: “Trading when you know you are putting lives at risk is just completely unacceptable and I doubt your customers would ever forgive you if it were discovered that you were a source of spreading the disease.

 “Equally we would ask customers to avoid businesses that are open illegally and instead report them to us as a matter of urgency.

 “We know this is a tough time for local business, but owners should apply for the government’s scheme for financial support, rather than staying open and helping the virus spread.”

Members of the public, including councillors and officers, have become the Council’s eyes and ears and are contacting the Council’s hotline to report businesses if they believe they are flouting the rules and putting lives at risk.

The Council is warning that it will come down hard on any businesses that are not exempt from the list of essential services and are trading illegally.

Any breach of a Prohibition Notice will mean traders may face legal proceedings.

If you are aware of any Brent business not following these guidelines, please report it immediately by emailing trading.standards@brent.gov.uk

For all Brent-related business information on the coronavirus, including how to apply for grants and loans, visit: https://www.brent.gov.uk/coronavirus/ and go to the business section.