Hucknall barber closed down after flaunting covid rules claimed the virus was a conspiracy

Police closed down a Hucknall barber shop who put customers at risk and claimed the virus was a “conspiracy”.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 8:04 pm

Nottinghamshire Police today worked with Nottinghamshire County Council and Ashfield Council to close down the Talking Heads salon in after environmental health officers reported finding "significant breaches” of COVID-19 rules.

Inspectors found the barber failed o follow Covid rules including not wearing face masks or following social distancing rules.

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Barber shop closed for breaking covid rules.

Amongst other things there was an absence of enforcement of social distancing; mask wearing; sanitiser; use of sanitiser and no notices were on display asking people to comply with regulations. Nor did the barbers in the shop appear to understand the need for such requirements and when questioned by local authority officers even produced documentation regarding Covid-19 being a conspiracy.

The temporary closure will take affect from 6pm tonight (16 October) and may last until the 13 November 2020 but will reviewed every seven days.

In the meantime, officers from Ashfield District Council and the County Council will work with the business proprietors to help them put systems in place to make sure they are Covid-secure.

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We will not hesitate to take action against businesses whose operations pose a serious and imminent risk to the health of their customers, staff and the wider community

“As we move into the first weekend of living at high alert level, residents and businesses need to be extra vigilant and follow restrictions in place to help reduce the spread of infection.”

This is the third time a Direction to Close has been served by the County Council since gaining the power to help prevent, contain and manage local coronavirus in relation to individual premises.

In recent weeks two pubs have been closed – last week officers worked with the council to close Zinc bar in West Bridgford and last month the Queen’s Head in Broxtowe borough was also closed due to similar issues.The barbershop, on Portland Road, Hucknall, by trade engages in close personal contact with members of the public. Despite this, it was readily apparent to officers that even the most basic form of virus protection was not in place for those using the premises."