Multi-agency operation to improve safety across town

Published: Tuesday, 09 June 2020

A multi-agency operation conducted on Saturday (6 June) in Northampton saw social distancing compliance checks completed in residential areas and at more than 35 businesses.

Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Police and the Northampton Partnership Homes conducted inspections and provided advice on social distancing measures to over 35 businesses. 

Following the observations, social distancing requirements were found as satisfactory at most premises and two breaches of the business regulations were identified along with a number of potential breaches of licensing legislation. Advice on health and safety at work was provided at one of the premises.

Patrols were also carried out in residential areas close to Wellingborough Road.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “We know that the vast majority of individuals and organisations are following the guidance and I would appeal to everyone including the business community to carry on with the great work protecting customers and staff and I encourage everyone who requires further clarification on the new rules to contact our Environmental Health and Licensing team.

“We appreciate how hard it is for businesses that are closed, and in some cases operating very differently, but it’s important that they reopen safely and support staff and customers to adhere to necessary rules through appropriate measures, including social distancing, good hygiene, enhanced cleaning, shielding employees who are particularly vulnerable to severe illness and supporting employees with symptoms to self-isolate. ”

Chief Inspector Pete Basham, said: “We will continue to work with our partners to engage with the county’s businesses - we want them to have all the information they need to comply with the government’s social distancing guidelines which will enable them to trade successfully and safely.

“We urge the public to be patient while stores put measures in place so that when they are open, their employees and customers are safe.

“Complying with the current social distancing rules is crucial and if we all maintain them, the more likely we are to return to some kind of normality so we can all go out about our daily lives with fewer restrictions.”

Nicky McKenzie, assistant director of housing at Northampton Partnership Homes said: “We have been working in close partnership with the local authorities and other agencies throughout the Covid-19 outbreak and we were pleased to be able to support this important initiative.

“The partnership working across Northampton has been crucial to supporting vulnerable people and keeping our residents safe.”

For more information advice and guidance, please contact Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing team at [email protected]