Posted on: 7 May 2020
As the lockdown continues and we prepare to commemorate VE day at home this bank holiday weekend, our Trading Standards teams across Devon, Somerset and Torbay are continuing to monitor the restrictions put in place to help keep us all safe.
They are reminding hospitality and leisure businesses in the area that, at the time of going to press, with very few exceptions, all hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, holiday rentals, campsites and boarding houses should remain closed for commercial use until further notice.
Additionally, all restaurants, public houses, wine bars, cafes, canteens and other food and drink establishments must also close unless they are providing food for takeaway or delivery only.
Holidaymakers are also reminded that visiting the West Country for leisure is not regarded as essential travel and they risk receiving a fine from the Police.
Paul Thomas, Head of Trading Standards Business Support and Innovation says: “This is a difficult time for everyone, particularly with much of the region’s industry reliant on the busy tourism season, but I encourage business owners to follow our advice and continue to comply with the coronavirus-related restrictions.
“Our team is here to support businesses and consumers through this challenging period and we will continue to share updated advice and guidance as new information is released.
“However, there are serious implications for those who choose to deliberately flout the rules, and any breaches of legislations will be taken seriously and investigated.”
There is a range of support available and businesses from all sectors are encouraged to contact the Growth Hub for advice, including:
- Guidance for employers and businesses
- Business Interruption Loans
- Possible grants for retail, hospitality and leisure sector
- Job Retention Scheme
- Business Rate holidays
- Details of the latest COVID-19 scams
- Business diversification
If you are unsure if the rules apply to your business, please check the GOV.UK website for guidance.
If you think a business is open illegally, please report the matter by email to email@example.com.