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37 complaints made about Ipswich firms amid social distancing concerns during lockdown

The majority of Ipswich businesses have closed their offices - but Ipswich council has received some complaints over concerns on social distancing. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The majority of Ipswich businesses have closed their offices - but Ipswich council has received some complaints over concerns on social distancing. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A “significant number” of complaints have been made following concerns over social distancing in Ipswich workplaces, it has been revealed - with one being served a prohibition notice.

However, Ipswich Borough Council has warned that complaints concerning the space between workers “is not enforceable” under coronavirus legislation – although the authority does contact firms concerned.

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The council said in its latest coronavirus update that it is working with police and trading standards to consistently enforce business closure laws brought in as part of the UK-wide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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A spokesman said: “To date we have received requests for advice from 16 food business and five non-food business, as well as complaints concerning 17 food business and 20 non-food business.

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“A significant number of complaints concern social distancing within workplaces – this is not enforceable under the legislation but we do contact the businesses concerned.

“One prohibition notice has been served.”


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