Several takeaways in Sheffield have been served fixed penalty notices for breaching the Government’s 10pm curfew.
The notices were served over the last few days following reports from members of the public and spot checks by licensing officers.
The businesses ignored the advice and warning letters that have been issued to hospitality venues across the city, outlining the latest restrictions.
Steve Lonnia, Head of Licensing at Sheffield City Council, said:
“As well as all the guidance available from the Government, we have issued advice to support our hospitality businesses to be COVID compliant.
“There is no excuse for any business to breach the rules which are in place to keep people safe, prevent the spread of infection and keep our city open. We will continue to monitor and investigate businesses to make sure they are doing their bit and in the case of takeaways, unless they comply with the 10pm curfew and the regulations with regards to delivery and collections we will be forced to take further action.”
Licensing officers are following up on several other premises who may face enforcement action if they are found to be non-compliant.
A first fixed penalty notice comes with a fine of £1,000 that then doubles if a business receives a second notice, a third notice is £4,000 and a fourth would present a £10,000 fine.
Greg Fell, Director of Public Health in Sheffield said:
“Given the increasing rate of infection it is more important than ever that businesses stick to the current guidance. We want the city to remain open and the only way this can happen is if we all play our part.
“I know this is a very difficult time for the hospitality industry, but if people do not comply, the alternative will be far worse than the current 10pm curfew. I cannot stress enough the seriousness of our situation and hope the fines issued demonstrate that we won’t allow breaches like this to continue.”
The current Government legislation states that businesses serving food and alcohol must close by 10pm. This includes pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and takeaways, and relates to collections and deliveries, as well as in-house service.