Two barbers in Wolverhampton have been forced to shut down after they were found cutting customers’ hair during lockdown, as part of the latest businesses caught flouting rules.
The Godbarber, in Penn Fields, has been served with a prohibition notice by the City Council after it was allowing customers to wait together for their haircuts on the premises.
Today the owner of the shop was served the notice by Environmental Health and Trading Standards Team and West Midlands Police, which orders that they stop trading in any form immediately until the Government eases restrictions.
It is the second barber shop in the city that has been found to be flouting rules, after Eyez Barberz, in Whitmore Reans, was forced to close on Thursday. Employees from the shop were also reportedly carrying out mobile hairdressing services at customers’ homes in the area.
The Government has ordered all non-essential businesses to close during the lockdown as part of rules which were enforced on March 23.
Public gatherings of more than two people are banned – unless they are from the same household – and only essential travel is permitted.
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Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for Wolverhampton City Environment said: ‘I would like to remind business owners that this is very serious and that the council takes a zero-tolerance approach to businesses that are still operating and not adhering to the rules during the pandemic.
‘The Governments rules and regulations are clear, and those offering the services of both barbering and hairdressing should remain closed until further notice.
‘I would like to thank the residents of Wolverhampton who are helping us through this time and reporting any concerns they have to the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Team.’
There have been several incidents of Britons risking fines and even arrest by opening their doors to customers and brazenly breaking lockdown rules.
Late last month, police found punters ‘hiding in the cupboards’ of a Sheffield pub which had remained open to customers despite the lockdown.
It was the second time the owner of the Pitsmoor Hotel had been caught operating illegally, after being served a prohibition notice at a separate venue.
Police in England and Wales have so far issued over 9,000 fines for breaches of lockdown laws.
But many business owners have said they will not survive the pandemic if they are forced to pay rent for their premises during the months they cannot operate.
A garden centre owner in Devon defied the council’s prohibition order to close its doors, after flouting rules and continuing to trade during lockdown.
Plants Galore’s owner Tony Joyner said he ‘ripped up’ the order and said they would go bankrupt if they don’t trade during the summer months – their busiest period.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to lay out his ‘road map’ for easing lockdown restrictions on Monday, during which he is expected to give an idea of what everyday life may look like.
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