Responding to the announcement that councils will be given powers to issue improvement notices directing businesses to introduce more effective COVID-19 controls, as well as closure notices to shut down premises where issues are not addressed, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said:

“Ensuring councils have a range of tools at their disposal will allow them to work quickly to help suppress the virus in their communities and take action before it is too late.

“The vast majority of businesses are implementing the necessary measures to keep people safe and councils are supporting these efforts. However, it is important that councils can take rapid action against businesses which fail to do this, as it both helps prevent the spread and supports those businesses which have worked hard to keep their premises safe.

“We look forward to hearing more details on these proposals over the coming days and are pleased with the Government’s commitment to work with councils to develop the details of the legislation.”

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