Wednesday, 1 April 2020

SDDC Environmental Health update

Further to the government announcement about the closure of all non-essential ‘public facing’ businesses, please find below a coronavirus lock down guidance note. This highlights all the businesses which should now be closed as well as those which can legally remain open.

There are some exceptions but the businesses allowed to remain open are:
  • Takeaway and delivery services
  • Supermarkets and other food shops
  • Health shops
  • Pharmacies
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Home and hardwear shops
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Garages
  • Car rentals
  • Pet shops
  • Corner shops
  • Newsagents
  • Post offices
  • Banks

Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches should also be closed where possible. If you are responsible for any playgrounds that can be closed (i.e are fenced and can be locked) then you will need to do this. You may also wish to remove and football goals etc if this is possible to help prevent social gathering.

The closures are enforceable by law and any ‘non-essential’ business which remain open will be subject to a Prohibition Notice and could face an unlimited fine. This will be enforced by Trading Standards and Environmental Health, supported by the police.

This has been put into place to protect members of the public and to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus but we need your help. If there are any businesses that you are aware of that are still open which do not meet the criteria please let us know via emailing us with the name and address of the business to . You may also wish to put something on your parish websites encouraging parishioners to do the same. Please be assured that any information you give will be treated confidentially.

If you have any queries in regards to the above, please do not hesitate to contact us, again using the environmental health email address. We will do our very best to respond as soon as possible but please be aware we are currently working at limited capacity.

Kind regards

The Environmental Health Team