Coronavirus Business Closures
Business closures around the Borough
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020
New legislation has been brought in as part of the Governments strategy to prevent persons gathering in groups and to prevent the continued spread of Covid-19. It is in place for 6 months but is being reviewed every 28 days by the Secretary of State. Full details can be found here
The legislation came into force on Thursday 26 March 2020 at 1pm and states that a number of different businesses and premises must close. A full list is available here .
The regulations in relation to the closure of businesses are being enforced by the Environmental Health team and Hampshire Trading Standards. It should be noted that there are significant exemptions to the regulations. For instance a restaurant must close to seated customers but can offer takeaway services. Some retailers must close the shop to customers but can still offer a delivery service. For this reason it is recommended that if you are not sure if a business should be closed you should contact the council to discuss further.
Even if a business is allowed to remain open they should still make sure that staff and customers are protected by implementing social distancing measures. The Health and Safety Executive have produced guidance on how to do this.
Even if a business is allowed to remain open they should still make sure that staff and customers are protected by implementing social distancing measures.
If person fails to comply with these legal requirements or obstructs an officer enforcing the law they are guilty of committing an offence which is punishable on a summary conviction by a fine. Officers can also issue Prohibition Notices and issue Fixed Penalty Notices.
For those of you who own/operate the specified businesses please be aware that you MUST close your businesses. We appreciate that this is not a decision which will sit well with many of you however we also understand that the Government have in place a comprehensive compensation package for businesses.
Eastleigh Borough Council, along with Hampshire Trading Standards will be actively enforcing these regulations, and this will include dealing with any complaints. This may include undertaking monitoring and observations of businesses to ensure compliance. In line with a graduated approach to enforcement the responsible person will be contacted initially to discuss the allegations/evidence and informed of the actions required to comply. However, if businesses continue to fail to comply there will be no hesitation in considering further enforcement action in accordance with our Enforcement policy. Please follow the guidance and ensure that you do not commit offences by remaining open.
If you are aware of premises within Eastleigh Borough that are not closed as required, you can report this by emailing either Environmental Health or Trading Standards, with the name and address of the business and the time at which you witnessed it open, as follows:
- Cafés, Restaurants, Pubs, Hotels – email@example.com
- Retail & Outdoor Recreation – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leisure (Cinemas, Bingo Halls, Theatres, Hairdressers, Gyms) - email@example.com
Information for takeaway services
We have created a downloadable document with additional information for takeaway services regarding the current restrictions during these unprecedented times. You can download this information here.