Shisha bar caught breaking the Rule of Six, fined £2,000

2 October 2020

Last night Trading Standards officers served a Harlesden shisha café with fines totalling £2,000 for breaking COVID-19 rules for businesses and warned of stronger penalties for further breaches.

Thirty people were found crammed together inside the shisha bar premises on Harlesden High Street on Thursday evening (1st Oct). Officers acted on intelligence from CCTV, which suggested that large gatherings were taking place inside the small space.

The owner was served two fixed penalty notices. The first for breaching Rule of Six regulations which require businesses to spread customers out. The second for failing to collect customer contact details or display the NHS Test & Trace QR code, required by law to help public health officials trace Coronavirus cases and ask those who could have been infected to self-isolate.

Businesses repeatedly found in serious breach of COVID-19 rules can be prosecuted, face further fines, and be shut down. To date, Brent Council enforcement teams have made over 1,600 visits to check premises are compliant.

Cllr Promise Knight, Lead Member for Community Safety & Engagement, said: “With London’s cases growing day by day and the death rate edging up again, it is down to every business to make sure they know what is required of them and to follow the rules. This is about protecting our communities.

“I’m grateful to the majority of businesses that are complying. To the minority that are choosing to break the rules, let this be a warning to you.”

If you are aware of a business that is not operating to the relevant Covid-19 standards, please report this by emailing


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