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Covid marshals have been out on patrol ahead of the first weekend of the nation’s second country-wide lockdown as some businesses still refuse to close their doors.

Under the new rules – which came into place on Wednesday – all non-essential businesses were forced to close, including bars and restaurants that cannot offer takeaways. 

Last month, Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead for a snooper army of marshals – dubbed ‘Covid Wombles’ – to patrol locked-down towns and cities.

The marshals have no power to enforce the rules, 카지노총판 but are encouraged to call police or council inspectors should they see any rule breaches at premises they visit.

Covid marshals have been out on patrol in Bristol (pictured) ahead of the first weekend of the nation's second country-wide lockdown as some businesses still refuse to close their doors

Covid marshals have been out on patrol in Bristol (pictured) ahead of the first weekend of the nation’s second country-wide lockdown as some businesses still refuse to close their doors

Jayne Deakin, 50, hs kept her business Fitness for Life studio in Bury, near Manchester, open and does not plan to close, despite a personal warning from the Manchester police chief

Jayne Deakin, 50, hs kept her business Fitness for Life studio in Bury, near Manchester, open and does not plan to close, despite a personal warning from the Manchester police chief

A man and a woman could be seen sitting inside the Finla Cafe in Plympton despite England's second lockdown banning indoor seating areas

A man and a woman could be seen sitting inside the Finla Cafe in Plympton despite England’s second lockdown banning indoor seating areas

Guidance on the Government’s website lists one role – alongside ‘queue management’ and ‘handing out face coverings’ – as: ‘Supporting councils’ compliance and enforcement function through visiting businesses to check compliance with Covid-19 secure measures through observation, escalating to local authority compliance and enforcement officers as appropriate.’

Pictures taken in Bristol today showed marshals patrolling the streets, observing business, traders and members of the public in the city centre. 

Even though increasing numbers of rule-conscious wardens are on the lookout, a number of businesses are still defying the second lockdown and are vowing to remain open across the UK as they face fines for breaching the restrictions.

Aron Walton, who owns Holey Skin tattoo parlour in Bishopston, near Bristol, opened his business as usual on Friday. He had announced his intentions in a Facebook video in which he encouraged 'every business' to ignore the restrictions

Aron Walton, 우리카지노계열쿠폰 who owns Holey Skin tattoo parlour in Bishopston, near Bristol, opened his business as usual on Friday.

He had announced his intentions in a Facebook video in which he encouraged ‘every business’ to ignore the restrictions

Under the new rules - which came into place on Wednesday - all non-essential businesses were forced to close, including bars and restaurants that cannot offer takeaways. Pictured: Covid marshals in Bristol

Under the new rules – which came into place on Wednesday – all non-essential businesses were forced to close, including bars and restaurants that cannot offer takeaways.

Pictured: Covid marshals in Bristol

Last month, Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead for a snooper army of marshals - dubbed 'Covid Wombles' - to patrol locked-down towns and cities. Pictured: Covid marshals in Bristol

Last month, Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead for a snooper army of marshals – dubbed ‘Covid Wombles’ – to patrol locked-down towns and cities.

Pictured: Covid marshals in Bristol

The marshals have no power to enforce the rules, but are encouraged to call police or council inspectors should they see any rule breaches at premises they visit. Pictured: Marshals in Bristol

The marshals have no power to enforce the rules, but are encouraged to call police or council inspectors should they see any rule breaches at premises they visit.

Pictured: Marshals in Bristol

All non-essential businesses were told to shut up shop from Thursday under restrictions imposed in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. 

Any businesses flouting the ban are liable to be fined up to £10,000 or shut down by the local council. 

But several have flouted the rules, 카지노추천 including a gym in Bury, a tattoo parlour near Bristol and a hairdressing salon in Gloucester. 

All are deemed ‘non-essential’ retail as they are not considered vital to the public during the shutdown, which is set to end on December 2. 

Finla Cafe in Plympton stayed open, with customers seen sitting inside, despite the Government asking all non-essential businesses to shutter unless offering takeaway.

The owner of Roger and Co Hair and Beauty salon has been fined £1,000 for continuing to trade as normal on the first day of the lockdown. 

They posted on Facebook in advance of the nationwide shutdown that they would be opening for business despite the rules requiring all hairdressers to close.

But the owner of Fitness for Life studio in Bury, near Manchester, has insisted she will pay any fines she is issued and still remain open.

Jayne Deakin, 50, insisted she should stay open as she claims fitness helps the mental health of her customers, as well as keeping them fit.

Finla Cafe in Plympton stayed open despite the lockdown rules as Covid marshals patrolled

Finla Cafe in Plympton stayed open despite the lockdown rules as Covid marshals patrolled 

Police speak to people outside Finla Cafe in Plympton as it stayed open despite Lockdown2

Police speak to people outside Finla Cafe in Plympton as it stayed open despite Lockdown2

People have been seen sitting inside and outside the coffee shop  Finla Coffee on Plympton's Ridgeway

People have been seen sitting inside and outside the coffee shop Finla Coffee on Plympton’s Ridgeway

Pictures taken in Bristol today showed marshals patrolling the streets, observing business, traders and members of the public in the city centre

Pictures taken in Bristol today showed marshals patrolling the streets, observing business, traders and members of the public in the city centre

She defied the coronavirus lockdown by opening her studio for two classes on Friday morning.

Ms Deakin continued with her classes despite recieving a personal warning from Greater Manchester Police Chief Ian Hopkins, who warned she would ‘absolutely’ be shut down by the end of the day.

‘I’ve got to stand up for what I believe in,’ she said.

‘I know the police will come. Even if the police fine me I will keep going as long as I can.’ 

She added: ‘I can’t keep taking fines forever but I have to stand my ground. Believe me, I’m not doing this lightly, I have an at-risk daughter who has Down’s Syndrome.

I know the risk but I have members who struggle with anxiety and depression – this is a huge mental health issue.’

Guidance on the Government's website lists their roles as including 'queue management' and 'handing out face coverings'. Pictured: Marshals in Bristol

Guidance on the Government’s website lists their roles as including ‘queue management’ and ‘handing out face coverings’.

Pictured: Marshals in Bristol

Gyms are one of the businesses deemed non-essential by the government under lockdown restrictions and were told to close from Thursday onwards

Gyms are one of the businesses deemed non-essential by the government under lockdown restrictions and were told to close from Thursday onwards

The business owner said she had spoken to the owners of several other gyms in Yorkshire which also refused to close down. She told how they had already been visited by police and told to close.  

Jayne is not the only gym owner who planned to keep her business running through the lockdown.

In a statement on Facebook, the management behind the Majestic martial arts gym in Leopold Street, Wigan, previously told members it would stay open.

Jayne Deakin, 50, the owner of Fitness for Life studio in Bury, near Manchester

Jayne Deakin, 50, the owner of Fitness for Life studio in Bury, near Manchester 

Kevin Harper, director of Majestic Martial Arts gym, said he was ‘standing up for what he believes is right’ after being asked by members to remain open. 

But businesses that have remained open have faced a backlash from members of the public who say they are putting public health at risk. 

Aron Walton, the owner of Gloucester Road tattoo parlour Holey Skin in Bishopston, near Bristol, announced in a video on the shop’s Facebook page: ‘We will not be locking up our studio, not at all. 

‘I’m gonna open the studio as normal, work as normal, tattoo my client as normal.

‘I will not be consenting to anything to do with these guidelines whatsoever.’

He also encouraged ‘every business’ to ignore the restrictions in the clip, posted online on Sunday.

In recent days, Holey Skin has also shared a series of unfounded conspiracy theories on social media, including a video titled ‘Covid doesn’t exist’ and another advocating the Magna Carta as a defence to lockdown.

His statements were met with derision.

Kevin Harper, director of Majestic Martial Arts gym in Pemberton, said he was 'standing up for what he believes is right' after being asked by members to remain open

Kevin Harper, 우리계열추천 director of Majestic Martial Arts gym in Pemberton, said he was ‘standing up for what he believes is right’ after being asked by members to remain open

Laura, a 41-year-old carer from Whitchurch, said: ‘Why can’t people just think of others for a change?

I’m fed up of the selfish, irresponsible people who do videos like this.

‘It may be a tough few weeks but if we all do our bit then hopefully we will be able to have a good Christmas.

‘These people who ignore lockdown or encourage businesses to stay open are just going to make lockdown drag on longer.’

Marie, a 24-year-old shipping administrator from north-east Bristol, also hit out at Mr Walton’s comments.

She said: ‘Whilst it is sad that businesses have to close again, 우리카지노 and the financial impact on small businesses is clear, choosing to remain open and put people in danger is selfish and irresponsible.

‘It’s concerning to see such a disregard for the wellbeing of the community from a previously respected business.

‘This type of attitude downplays and mocks all of the individuals who have been affected by the virus and those who have unfortunately known someone who has passed away due to Covid-19 and either couldn’t attend their funeral or be with them during their last moments.

In a statement on Facebook, the management behind the Majestic martial arts gym in Leopold Street, Wigan, previously told members it would stay open

In a statement on Facebook, the management behind the Majestic martial arts gym in Leopold Street, Wigan, previously told members it would stay open 

The owners of Roger and Co Hair and Beauty salon in Gloucestershire were also fined after flouting lockdown rules and opening their hairdressing salon in defiance of the ban

The owners of Roger and Co Hair and Beauty salon in Gloucestershire were also fined after flouting lockdown rules and opening their hairdressing salon in defiance of the ban

‘Tattooing, or any other non-essential business practice, should not be more important than the safety of the community.’

Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council confirmed they are looking into Mr Walton’s business and deciding what action to take after it was seen open on Friday with at least five people visible inside around 11.30. Some were not wearing masks.

The law says non-essential businesses like tattoo studios must close and households are banned from mixing indoors.

A council spokesman said: ‘We are investigating reports related to this business remaining open despite the new lockdown measures starting and are working with the police to establish the situation and if necessary take action to ensure that these guidelines are being adhered to.’ 

 Police also confirmed they had fined Roger and Co Hair and Beauty salon.  

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said yesterday: ‘We received a number of reports that a business in Gloucester, which was not exempt from lockdown rules, was informing customers it would remain open.

‘We visited the premises earlier in the week and spoke to the owner, offering advice and informing them that they would be fined if they opened following the start of lockdown.

‘Following a further report that the premises was open today (Nov 5), we visited the premises again and the owner was handed an immediate fine of £1,000.’

Chief Inspector Richard Pitman added ‘Our aim is to keep people safe.

We will follow up any reports we receive of people breaking the current lockdown rules, and enforce where necessary.’ 

 

Lockdown-defiant landlord couple back down on keeping the taps flowing after the police turn up 

A couple who pledged to open their pub during lockdown backed down after the police turned up.

Nick and Lucy Clowes posted a video online last night in which they said they intended to open The Reform Inn in Thorncliffe, Staffordshire, at midday on Friday.

The boast proved controversial and attracted both support and condemnation.

Licensing officers from Staffordshire Police visited the premises on Friday morning, and a notice was later put up on the window of the pub to say the landlords had decided not to open.

Officers then returned to the premises at around 1pm and spent half-an-hour with the licensees before leaving.

Lucy and Nick Clowes, who run The Reform Inn in Thorncliffe, near Leek, Staffordshire

Lucy and Nick Clowes, who run The Reform Inn in Thorncliffe, near Leek, Staffordshire

Police at The Reform Inn in Thorncliffe, near Leek, Staffordshire

Police at The Reform Inn in Thorncliffe, near Leek, Staffordshire

This afternoon, Nick and Lucy posted another video online and said: ‘What a crazy 15 hours.

‘A massive thank you for all the love and support we have had, it has been amazing.

‘Obviously we’ve got the haters – totally get that, totally understand.

‘The country is divided, people are entrenched in fear.

This has never been about us or our views.

We are doing this to help the people who this lockdown has had a massive negative effect on. We care deeply about them and we are going to help those people regardless.’

Lucy said: ‘To give an update, we spoke to the police this morning, we had a friendly chat with them.

The couple have run the pub, previously known as The Red Lion, since 2014. The premises was reopened under its original name in 2018 following a major refurbishment (pictured: a police vehicle outside the premises)

The couple have run the pub, previously known as The Red Lion, since 2014.

The premises was reopened under its original name in 2018 following a major refurbishment (pictured: a police vehicle outside the premises)

‘From that conversation we have decided to keep the pub closed for 우리카지노계열 the time being.

‘We are not saying this is the end.

We are determined to make this a place for the community.

‘However we just need to review the situation, take a couple of days and we will be back in touch.’

Nick added: ‘We will be open as soon as we can do it safely for everybody out there.

‘We love you all guys, spread the love because this is the only way we are going to get through all this.’

The couple have run the pub, previously known as The Red Lion, since 2014.

The premises was reopened under its original name in 2018 following a major refurbishment.

A police truck outside the pub. Police say they had reminded the couple they would be fined if they breached Covid-19 regulations

A police truck outside the pub.

Police say they had reminded the couple they would be fined if they breached Covid-19 regulations

Staffordshire Police said: ‘We have reminded them if they do open then they will be fined, whilst anyone turning up will also be at risk of a fine for breaching Covid regulations.

‘We would like to remind everyone of their responsibilities to keep each other safe and to help beat this virus.

‘We will always look to engage and explain on these matters but will enforce if necessary.

‘You risk losing your licence if you decide to ignore these regulations.’