Sheffield car wash issued with £10,000 fine for repeatedly breaching Covid-19 restrictions in city first

A Sheffield car wash has become the first business in the city to be fined £10,000 after repeatedly being caught operating during lockdown.

It was the fourth fine issued to Speedy Car Wash, on Sheffield Road, Tinsley, after it earlier received Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £1,000, £2,000 and £4,000. 

In the last two weeks, seven fines were given out to various businesses such as, gyms, hairdressers and car washes for operating as non-esential businesses during lockdown, Sheffield City Council said. 

Cabinet member for environment, streetscene and climate change, Coun Mark Jones, said: “I understand that it’s a really hard time for businesses, but it’s essential that we all uphold the rules so that we can get out of this situation.

“We will take action against those who show no regard for the legislation and use the powers at our disposal to put a stop to them. Their actions undermine the sacrifices made by all other compliant businesses in the city.” 

Since the beginning of pandemic more than 3,400 complaints related to Covid-19 have been made. To keep people safe, Sheffield Council’s health protection officers, wardens and enforcement officers work across the city making sure people and businesses follow lockdown restrictions. 

Coun Jones said: “Our officers are working extremely hard, day and night, every day of the week, to keep people safe and we can’t allow the few to set us all back in our continued efforts to control virus transmission.

“The number of complaints we are receiving each week demonstrates that most people are playing their part and do not condone these breaches, we are very grateful to everyone who helps us with this intelligence and encourage others to report any issues.”

Council officers have made more than 8,300 visits to businesses to check, advise and support with Covid restrictions. 

During the lockdown only essential business are allowed to be open. People must stay at home unless they need to travel for work, education, essential shopping or medical reasons.

 

Written by Liliya Arutyunyan

Trainee journalist at the University of Sheffield

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