Caerphilly Council has fined a hairdresser after receiving a report the person was cutting hair and operating a business from a shed.
A complaint was received from a concerned resident who reported an individual breaching Covid Guidance. Trading Standards and Covid Enforcement Officers visited the premises on Friday 5th February 2021 to find the individual operating a business from his property.
The 26 year old male from the Morgan Jones’ Park area in Caerphilly was caught cutting hair in a shed situated in his back garden that was set up as a barber’s shop. The male was issued with a £1,000 Fixed Penalty Notice and told to cease the service he was providing immediately.
Welsh Government Restrictions state that close-contact services such as hairdressers are prohibited to operate under Alert Level 4 Lockdown.
The Trading Standards, Licensing and Environmental Health Teams have been proactively visiting premises that are able to remain open under Alert Level 4 Lockdown and responding to reports of non-compliance which have increased significantly following the restrictions placed on Caerphilly county borough.
Enhanced powers have been awarded to local authority Public Protection services to take action against businesses and individuals found to be in breach of the law which could result in closure of premises and a fixed penalty notice being issued.
Cllr. Nigel George Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection said, “We continue to support businesses who are currently able to remain operational to both understand and comply with the law, these rules are in place to protect both employees and the public. In this instance, the individual in question was not operating from an established business however, we will continue to take action against those found to be in breach of the law.”