Success for Covid-compliance operation

Joint operation with Newham Council and police helps to keep Newham safe under Tier 4 regulations.

A joint operation between Newham Council and police was conducted on Monday and Tuesday this week (December 21-22) checking business compliance with new Covid-19 Tier 4 regulations.

Trading Standards, Licensing, and Environmental Health officers worked alongside police to conduct checks throughout the borough.

In total, council officers visited 272 premises, of which 31 were found to be non-compliant. Seven notices were served, of which three were fixed penalty notices, each of which carries a £1,000 fine. Four prohibition notices were also served.

In addition to taking action on Covid-19 non-compliance, officers seized duty-evaded alcohol and cigarettes, as well as pharmaceutical products that are not permitted to be sold in the UK.

Councillor James Beckles, Cabinet Member for Crime and Community Safety, London Borough of Newham Council, said: “Despite notices being served on a small number of premises, overall we were pleased to see generally good levels of compliance throughout the borough.

“Many premises were closed, in-line with Tier 4 regulations, and we had positive feedback from both businesses and members of the public.

“Residents who believe they have witnessed businesses who are not complying with Tier 4 regulations are encouraged to contact the council. We would however like to take this opportunity to remind people that non-essential retailers are permitted to operate a click-and-collect service, providing the goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises.”

To report a suspected breach of Covid-19 Tier 4 regulation compliance by a business, please email [email protected]

Published: 24 Dec 2020