SEVEN businesses — including several pubs — have been served prohibition notices for operating despite the lockdown.
Each ignored an initial warning, Rotherham Council said, leading to further action under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020.
The premises served notices were: Cafe Sport/Roxy’s Bar and Gym at Swinton; the Red Lion pub at Wath; Westville WMC in West Melton; North Anston’s Cutler’s pub; furniture store Ideal Rooms at Eastwood, car wash Jay’s in Masbrough and the 104 Westgate barbers in Rotherham town centre.
A Rotherham Council spokesperson said: “These premises have been reported through to the us by members of the public and then investigated by officers.
“In each case the premises have been warned in the first instance. Only when the warning has been ignored have we then served a prohibition notice on the premises.
“Reports of any concerns relating to the Covid-19 restrictions on business closures and social distancing can be made to the council between 8.30am and 6pm on 01709 823118 or, where the issue relates to a food business, 01709 823164.
“Out of hours calls, between 6pm and midnight can also be made to the council on 01709 823118.”
Breaches of the notice bring an initial £60 penalty charge. Fines are doubled for subsequent breaches, to a maximum of £960.
A business could end up in court, where prosecution could lead to a fine of up to £5,000.