A tattoo parlour in Bristol has been issued with a fine and had equipment seized following persistent breaches of COVID-19 rules despite repeated requests to comply.
Holey Skin on Gloucester Road has been issued with a £1000 fixed penalty notice following evidence being obtained of the shop’s owner continuing to trade during the second national lockdown.
Council enforcement officers, supported by officers from Avon and Somerset Police entered the business on Friday (13 November) following a breach of a prohibition notice and receipt of a warrant from the courts. Prior to this officers had repeatedly asked the owner to comply with COVID-19 regulations, issuing the prohibition notice after attempts to negotiate with the business failed.
Councillor Steve Pearce, Cabinet Member for Waste, Commercialisation and Regulatory Services, said: “I recognise the pressure businesses face right now, both those required to close during lockdown and those allowed to remain open. Public health advice and Government legislation in relation to COVID-19 lockdown are in place to protect individuals and communities, not damage businesses. We are working with businesses and individuals to ensure they get access to the support they are entitled to. We must however challenge behaviour that puts people at risk and will work with our partners in the police to do so where appropriate.”
Since March 2020, the council has issued two closure notices and eight fixed penalty notices for breaches of COVID-19 guidelines.
Further information on the support available to businesses can be found on the COVID-19 information pages on the council website.