More than a dozen Pendle businesses face further action if they do not become 'COVID secure'

A number of businesses found not to be complying with COVID-19 safety rules in Pendle will be warned further action will be taken if they do not make the necessary changes.

Environmental Health Officers from Pendle Council have been out every day making sure that local shops and businesses are COVID-19 secure.

Out of 200 businesses visisted so far, 13 were found not to be complying with the rules.

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Pendle Council’s Chief Executive Dean Langton said: “Our team has visited 200 businesses so far and out of those, 13 weren’t complying with the rules.

Environmental Health officer Jen Nelson in Nelson town centre

"We have made it clear what they must do and our staff are re-visiting them to check that they are COVID-19 secure. If they are not we will take action. Anyone who is worried that a local business is breaking the COVID-19 rules should let Pendle Council know via our website www.pendle.gov.uk/coronavirus under the heading report a business."

Any business needing advice can contact the Environmental Health team on (01282) 662009 and Pendle Council’s website has details of Government rules and guidance www.pendle.gov.uk/covidsupport

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Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council, said: “Our team has been out checking that shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants are following the Government’s safety guidelines, following a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Pendle.

“And we are also asking local people and wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces now, such as shops and supermarkets, to keep themselves, local traders and other customers safe. This is ahead of the Government regulations which come in on Friday July 24th.

“Whilst the percentage of people testing positive has gone down this week, the risk is still there. We are asking people to do it for Pendle and keep people safe by following the five point plan.

"People can visit www.pendle.gov.uk/coronavirus for latest information including how to get tested."