Over 66 fines were issued and three arrests were made over the weekend in Hackney as part of continued joint Council and Police action to ensure that everyone is sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and to help keep Hackney safe. 

While the Council does not have the power to take action against individuals who are not complying with social distancing guidance, enforcement officers have been supporting the Police to ensure that everyone understands and follows vital lockdown guidelines, which were introduced in response to a rapid rise in coronavirus cases in the UK. 

In Hackney, the current rate of coronavirus cases is 753 cases per 100,000, compared to a rate of 19 per 100,000 seen in the borough in the last week of August 2020. 

The patrols, which took place on Saturday 16 January, resulted in over 66 fines being issued in Hackney for breaches of lockdown regulations. Three arrests were also made for an assault on an emergency worker, possession of a class B drug and a breach of Covid-19 regulations. 

Officers visited key areas where incidents of people not following the rules have been reported, including Broadway Market, Blackstock Road, Gillett Square, Haggerston Square and Stamford Hill. 

Licensing officers also visited over 40 businesses during the patrols to ensure that they’re following the vital Covid-19 guidelines, including the prohibition of takeaway alcohol sales which was introduced on 5 January. 

A small minority of businesses were found to be non-compliant with Covid-19 regulations, with one business continuing to trade after a previous £1000 fine. Enforcement action will be taken against businesses that do not follow the guidelines

Since July 2020, the Council has visited nearly 2,500 local businesses to support them to trade safely. 

Keep Hackney safe by reporting any potential Covid-19 safety breaches:

  • If you’re concerned that a business in Hackney is not complying with the Covid-19 regulations, please let Hackney Council know by emailing covidresponseteam@hackney.gov.uk 
  • Hackney Council does not have powers to take action against individuals who are not complying with social distancing guidance. If you have concerns about individuals not following social distancing guidance or wearing face masks, please report these directly to the police online or by calling 101.

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