Barber ordered to close after reported breach of coronavirus rules sees police called

June 04 2020
Barber ordered to close after reported breach of coronavirus rules sees police called

A CHIPPING Sodbury barber has been told to close after opening for business in breach of coronavirus regulations.

Police were called to Bob’s gents hairdresser in Hounds Road yesterday after receiving a call that the business was trading.

After the police visit the shop closed and was due to be served with a prohibition notice ordering it to stay shut until barbers are allowed to reopen under COVID-19 emergency regulations.

An Avon and Somerset spokesperson said: “Chipping Sodbury police received a call reporting that a local business was open in contravention of the coronavirus guidance.
“Officers did attend and give words of advice to the owner, however local authorities deal with breaches of the regulations by businesses.”
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: "Based on police evidence we will serve the business with a Prohibition Notice under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

This Notice has immediate effect requiring the activity to cease and not resume before the end of the emergency period relevant for this type of premises.

Failure to comply is an offence punishable by a fine in a Magistrates Court."

Anyone who wants to report a business in breach of the restrictions is being advised to email South Gloucestershire Council at foodandhealth@southglos.gov.uk
This week the Government said that hairdressers were unlikely to open before “July at the earliest”, following calls from trade body the Hair and Barber Council to open within the next fortnight.