Hairdresser who refused to close in lockdown fined
A hairdresser in Oakenshaw has been given a £1,000 fine after refusing to close in line with national lockdown rules.
Quinn Blakey Hairdressing on Bradford Road, Oakenshaw, made the decision to open during lockdown and refused to close when asked by the police. During the current four-week COVID-19 national lockdown, it is illegal for non-essential businesses – including hairdressers – to open.
On Monday 9 November, the owner was issued with a prohibition notice to close by Kirklees Council, supported by West Yorkshire Police, as well as a Fixed Penalty Notice of £1,000.
Councillor Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment and Culture, said:
“We completely understand how tough it has been, and continues to be, for local businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We will do all we can to support them through what has been a devastating period, but it is absolutely crucial for people’s safety that we all follow the latest COVID-19 rules and guidance. Kirklees currently has the 13th highest rates in the country and rates are increasing, meaning more people in hospital and more people sadly losing their lives.
The law set by the Government is there so we can bring infection rates down, ease pressure on our health services and save lives. But it only works if we all stick to it and realise that no one is above the law. Frankly, the actions taken by this business are selfish and irresponsible. We will not hesitate to take action on anyone who breaches the rules that are in place to keep us all safe. Repeated breaches of COVID-19 regulations will result in ever increasing fines up to £10,000 or prosecution.
Thankfully, most are following the COVID-19 guidance and I’d like to thank people across the whole of Kirklees for playing their part and keeping themselves and others safe.”
More information on the national restrictions can be found online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/covid19restrictions