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Friday, 27 November 2020

Notts shopkeeper fined £200 and closed for serving customers after testing positive for Covid


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A Nottinghamshire shopkeeper who put his customers at risk by working all day after receiving a positive Covid-19 test has been fined.

The man was visited by officers shortly after 6pm on Wednesday after they received an anonymous tip-off.

He admitted to having received a positive test result early the same morning but remaining at work and serving customers throughout the rest of the day. When questioned by officers why he’d done this he stressed that he’d been wearing a mask and gloves all day, and had other Covid security measures had been in place.

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He was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £200 and instructed to close his shop. A notification was also made to the local authority.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Throughout the pandemic, our communities in Nottinghamshire have adapted and adjusted to some very difficult challenges to our daily lives.

“High levels of compliance during the national lockdown led to relatively low cases of the disease in Nottinghamshire when compared to the rest of the country.

“Now the disease has spread in the county to the point where areas of Nottinghamshire may be about to be placed under further restrictions it is really frustrating that a minority of people seem to not be able to accept their responsibility in preventing the virus from spreading further.

“I urge the public to follow the law in order to protect the most vulnerable people in society.”

Inspector Mark Dickson, district commander for Ashfield, said: “These incidents show a flagrant breach of the rules that placed members of the public at risk. If you receive a positive test result for Coronavirus the instructions are every clear – you must immediately take steps to self-isolate. To remain at work in a place where contact with members of the public is guaranteed is staggeringly reckless.

“No police officer wants to take this kind of action but these are extraordinary times and must all take personal responsibility for our actions. In this case we really had no other option but to issue a fixed penalty notice.”