Brent barber blasted for breaking Covid rules

5 February 2021

A special team of council enforcement officers have been supporting Brent businesses to comply with Covid lockdown restrictions.

Although the vast majority of businesses are following the guidelines, the council’s enforcement team have had to take action against a small number of businesses that have been illegally operating behind closed doors, including a barber who tried to blacken out his shop windows to avoid detection.

The council has been giving advice and guidance to members of the public and businesses about the current Covid restrictions to help keep Brent high street shoppers safe and save lives. Recently they’ve increased enforcement and if businesses are breaking the rules, they are reported to the council enforcement teams who will take action.

Councillor Promise Knight, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, said: “Our Covid Regulatory Support Officers have proven to be valuable eyes and ears on the street flagging some very serious breaches of the law by some irresponsible businesses that continue put the lives of people in our community at risk”. We will not tolerate a small minority of business owners in our borough not playing by the rules, and we will come down hard on those who breach the current Covid legislation”.

The Covid Regulatory Support Officers (CRSO) team was launched at the beginning of November and conducts patrols of the boroughs high streets seven days a week, as well as checking supermarkets to ensure all customers are correctly wearing their face coverings. During January alone, the council checked almost 9,000 businesses in the borough. Whilst most were following the rules or advice that was given, 12 formal notices were issued to non-complaint business, which included seven fines. The non-compliant businesses have included a barbers, a tile showroom, vape shop, hand car wash, shisha bar and a restaurant.