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Sheffield takeaways carry on serving after 10pm Covid-19 curfew

Written by on 15/10/2020

Sheffield takeaways found breaking the 10pm coronavirus curfew for serving food have been hit with £1,000 fines – and will face higher penalties if found to be breaking the law in future.

Sheffield Council officials have handed out the fines in the past few days after spot checks by licensing officers following up breaches of the government-imposed deadline, reported by members of the public.

Advice and warning letters have been issued to hospitality venues across the city to detail the current restrictions, but in the cases where fines have been issued, that had been ignored.

Head of licensing at the council Steve Lonnia, 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.”

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Licensing officers are now investigating several other premises, which 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.

Director of Public Health Greg Fell, said: “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.