A flower seller from Lincolnshire has been served a Fixed Penalty Notice and a Prohibition notice by Barnsley Council Regulatory Services officers.
The action follows reports made to the council by members of the public, raising concerns that the “non-essential” business was continuing to operate during lockdown.
Mr Oliver Dilley of Wyberton, Boston, trading as Ollys Buds and Blooms, was served these notices as he was in breach of business restrictions under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020.
The regulations clearly list the types of retail businesses that can remain open to customers.
Businesses not included in this permitted list, that offer goods for sale, can only carry on that activity from a distance; for example via online, postal or telephone orders. Customers must pre-order these goods.
Ollys Buds and Blooms was witnessed by a Regulatory Services officer to be selling goods from an address in Carlton, Barnsley on 13 March 2021 by means other than by pre-ordering.
The Fixed Penalty Notice requires him to pay £1,000 within 28 days. The Prohibition Notice prohibits Mr Dilley from selling goods by means other than by pre-order.
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