Ipswich barber’s shop which broke Covid-19 rules gets £1,000 penalty

PUBLISHED: 16:18 29 October 2020 | UPDATED: 16:54 29 October 2020

City Art Turkish Barbers  Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

City Art Turkish Barbers Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

An Ipswich barber’s shop has been given a £1,000 fixed penalty by the borough council after a hairdresser continued working for four days with Covid-19 symptoms before speaking to NHS Test and Trace staff.

When Ipswich Council investigated the City Art Turkish Barber in Carr Street, officers found there were breaches to mask-wearing rules, there was no full risk assessment and the test and trace system was inadequate.

These problems were all uncovered in early October and have now been resolved – and the shop is back open again as it is well beyond the 14-day period for self-isolation following contact with someone who is Covid-positive.

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The staff member spoke to NHS Test and Trace staff on October 8 and told them that he had first had symptoms on October 4 but had carried on working.

The NHS team contacted the borough’s health and safety team which investigated the case and found:

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No risk assessments were made and there were few other controls.

There wasn’t any mask-wearing by staff, owner or customers.

Test and trace details were not being recorded correctly.

The fixed penalty notice was served because of the test and trace breach, while a Health and Safety Letter was served to ensure the premises maintains better Covid-secure measures in the future.

The borough’s portfolio holder for public protection, Alasdair Ross said: “We’ve all got to play our part in keeping coronavirus down in Ipswich. But if your business doesn’t do this, you might be paying a big fine or even be closed down.

“We’re doing all we can at Ipswich Borough Council to help businesses be Covid-secure but where our advice is ignored and people put at risk we have no alternative but to take enforcement action.

“We will play our part in protecting Ipswich residents from businesses who don’t follow the rules and our message to businesses is simple – follow the rules and we won’t need to take action against your business.”

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A spokesman for the borough added: “We are pleased that the vast majority of businesses in the town are complying with the coronavirus rules. We help businesses do this effectively. When this is not being followed, we work to get businesses to comply and take enforcement action when this is the only remaining alternative.”

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