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View from the chamber: Businesses must follow Covid rules

PUBLISHED: 08:30 17 October 2020

Council leader Darren Rodwell expects businesses to follow Covid rules. Picture: Be First

Council leader Darren Rodwell expects businesses to follow Covid rules. Picture: Be First

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When it comes to keeping residents safe, we have a simple message for businesses who ignore the rules on coronavirus: put people before profits.

We expect businesses to follow the rules. This will help avoid another lockdown and help get us through the pandemic. Whether you are a corner shop or a big supermarket chain, we will do everything in our power to make sure you do not put lives at risk.

We have visited over 400 businesses to ensure they are following the rules. This includes giving them posters they can display in their windows and marking out two metres on the floor, so people can queue safely.

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But when businesses have not followed the rules, we tell them to step up, and if they fail to heed the message, we have used powers to close them down.

Last week, I responded to Alok Sharma, the government’s business secretary. One of his staff called the council after receiving complaints from some of the big stores. I made it clear if ministers have a problem with us targeting big companies, they should pick up the phone and talk to me personally. I am still waiting for a call back.

We must all do our bit. People should wear a mask, keep their distance, and wash their hands regularly.

People have sacrificed a lot due to Covid. Whether it is not seeing loved ones and family or not doing everyday things they took for granted. The sacrifices will not be worth it if we do not follow the rules and let the virus spread.

I would like to thank everyone who are acting responsibly. They are helping keep the most vulnerable safe.


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