First business closure notice served during Coronavirus pandemic

First business closure notice served during Coronavirus pandemic

In line with government restrictions during the pandemic, the Royal Borough of Greenwich has taken enforcement action to close a barber shop in Plumstead.

Following reports from a member of the public and observations by Council officers, the barber shop was served a business closure notice for remaining open during the pandemic. The notice requires the business to close immediately.

On 23 March the government made orders to close non-essential businesses and premises including pubs and beauty salons under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020.

A Council task force, which involves its CCTV, community safety enforcement and environmental health teams, has been set up to monitor and tackle non-compliant businesses and premises.

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Community Safety said: “We all need to come together at a time like this and stay at home to help save lives, which means any non-essential businesses in the borough should remain closed for the time being.

“Non-essential businesses like pubs, car washes, barbers, and beauty and nail salons, should abide by the restrictions, as we will not hesitate to take enforcement action against businesses that are not following the rules. If you would like to report a non-essential business that remains open, please email

“Thank you to the majority of businesses in the borough for their compliance during this difficult time.”

The government has set out a package to support businesses through this period of disruption, and Royal Greenwich has already issued over £5 million of the small business grant fund which the government has made available.

Businesses in Royal Greenwich can stay up to date with the latest information by signing up to the Council’s business e-alerts at