Owner of Art Eternal Tattoo Studio in Pakefield near Lowestoft fined £1,000 for breaking coronavirus restrictions
The owner of a tattoo shop near Lowestoft has been fined £1,000 after she failed to close the business during coronavirus lockdown.
Following reports from members of the public, East Suffolk Council's Environmental Health offficers visited Art Eternal Tattoo Studio in Pakefield and found the shop to be open and operating as usual despite non-essential businesses having been told to close under lockdown restrictions.
Christine McLean, owner of the studio, was fined £1,000 and a prohibition notice, which imposes restrictions to protect against the risk to public health.from coronavirus, was also served.
The notice means that, if the shop remains open, the owner will be guilty of a further offence.
Suffolk Police were also called to deal with customers within the premises who were not wearing face coverings - which is now a legal requirement in indoor settings.
Cllr Mary Rudd, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Community Health said: “We understand that businesses want to remain open however the current restrictions are in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
"The restrictions clearly show which businesses must close and financial support is available for those businesses affected. These are difficult times for everyone, but we must continue to stick to the rules to help keep people safe.”
Sergeant Steve Wright said: “This action is a great example of partnership working. We’d re-iterate what we have said previously - people must comply to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed and to ensure lives are saved.
"We will engage with people sensibly, proportionately, fairly, and using the well-established 'four Es' approach of engaging, explaining, encouraging, enforcing. Any enforcement action has always been a last resort, but we will take it if deemed necessary.”