Business advice on lockdown and social distancing enforcement

The COVID-19 crisis presents a huge challenge for businesses across Kirklees and the council is doing everything in its power to support them during this period. more information: Help for businesses and self-employed

On 23 March 2020, the Government increased the measures required across the UK to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. This included the immediate closure of certain types of businesses and venues and social distancing guidance for everyone.

We are aware that the rules around lockdown, as well as associated government guidance and regulations are being updated on a regular basis. The links on this page will direct you to the latest government guidance. If you need further assistance please contact us using the details below.

Business and premises which need to close

The government has provided a list of businesses that should now be closed along with any exemptions.

We recommend you read the guidance before making a report about a premises or opening your business.

Kirklees Council and the police have powers to enforce the closure regulations and will be working together to do this. The police and the council can and will:

  • Offer information and guidance for those who approach us before we visit.
  • Issue Prohibition Notices for premises found to be opening when we visit.
  • Issue Fixed Penalty Notices of up to £960 for repeat offenders.
  • Prosecute in appropriate cases with an unlimited fine from the courts available.

Businesses and premises which can remain open

Businesses not on the government's list, such as offices, factories, essential shops, construction companies, plumbers, and gardeners can continue to work. However, these businesses have been asked to allow their workers to work from home where possible.

Current guidelines strongly advise employers to ensure that workers follow social distancing rules. Businesses who are not following social distancing rules may be breaking Health and Safety Law.

Companies that need advice on how to follow the guidelines so they can keep their workforce safe should contact the relevant authority who will be happy to help:

As a last resort, where businesses cannot or will not follow guidance the relevant authority has the power to use Health and Safety Law to require improvement, close premises or restrict areas of work and ultimately prosecute for failure to comply.

How to report a business that is open but shouldn't be

If you have any concerns or want to report premises to the council please contact:

How to ask for advice about social distancing in workplaces which can remain open

Businesses which the Health and Safety Executive are responsible for

Workplaces in the manufacturing, educational, construction and agriculture sectors

These businesses should Contact the Health and Safety Executive

Businesses which Kirklees Council are responsible for

The council responsible for all other premises and workplaces, including:

  • retail
  • wholesale
  • warehousing and distribution
  • catering premises
  • offices
  • consumer services (for instance beauty, hairdressers, tattooing)
  • leisure and cultural premises
  • religious premises
  • residential care
  • hotels/short stay accommodation (for instance campsites)

All other businesses should contact:

Control of Legionella in empty buildings

It is important whilst businesses are shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic that you control the risk of Legionella growth in your water systems. Advice on flushing regimes and risk controls for empty buildings can be found in the Legionella guidance during COVID-19.

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