The Sheffield businesses reported for breaking lockdown rules

There were almost 750 complaints about Sheffield businesses breaking the rules during the nationwide lockdown earlier this year.

Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 12:30 pm

Takeaways, pubs, barbers and hairdressers, car washes, beauty salons and gyms were the type of venues that were the most complained about to Sheffield Council.

A Freedom of Information request to the local authority revealed the types of business that received the most complaints, but did not provide more information such as the name of the business.

They include:

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Takeaways - 42

Pubs - 33

Supermarkets - 32

Barbers - 37

Hairdressers - 25

Cafes and restaurants - 25

Gyms - 19

Health and beauty - 19

Car wash - 17

Warehouse/distribution centre - 15

Tattoo shop - 10

Vape stores - 8

There were also 107 complaints in the "local authority establishment" category - this is where people contacted the council to report breaches of the general rules but did not name a specific venue or business.

Venues including a museum/art gallery, a brewery, a chemist and a fishing tackle shop all received one complaint.

From March 23 until July 3 - at the height of the nationwide lockdown - there were a total of 744 complaints made to Sheffield Council's trading standards department.

In addition, the council received three emails about people failing to comply with social distancing guidelines. The health protection team was contacted about allegations regarding lack of social distancing at a bar on Ecclesall Road.

The city centre management team were alerted that people were trying to sell things on Fargate to passers-by without wearing masks or socially distancing.

And a complaint was made to the highways department regarding a bar on Middlewood Road taking over the whole pavement with tables and chairs.

No fixed penalty notices were served for any complaint, although the council did have the power to hand out £60 fines.

Since March, teams from licensing, environmental health and city centre management have made over 1,500 visits to businesses.

The licensing team has sent 78 warning letters to businesses breaking the rules.

There have also been 36 joint inspections with the police and 123 inspections following specific complaints.

This resulted in two prohibition notices issued, two reviews of licensed premises, two license revocations, six action plans agreed and 11 voluntary closures of premises.

Complaints about businesses breaking lockdown from March 23 until July 3

Accountants – 3

Advertising agents – 2

Animal Centre – 1

Any Other Business – 1

Audio, hi-fi equipment – 1

Bakery – 4

Barbers – 37

Bed & Breakfast – 1

Bingo, gaming, pools, bookies – 1

Brewery – 1

Builders – 2

Building societies – 1

Butchers (Meat) – 1

Call Centre – 2

Camping,caravan,holiday sites – 1

Car Breakers (Scrapyard) – 1

Car Wash – 17

Card Shop – 2

Carpets, rugs, floorcoverings – 1

Cars – 6

Cement, concrete – 1

Chemist – 2

Children's Leisure Facility – 1

Cleaning Contractors – 1

Community Centre – 1

Computer hardware – 1

Computer Services – 6

Confectionary Wholesaler – 1

Confectionery – 2

Construction Wholesale/Distributor – 2

Cosmetics – 1

Cosmetics Wholesaler/Distributor – 1

Curtains & soft furnishings – 2

Cycles & motorcycles – 9

Delicatessen – 2

Department Store – 1

Discount Store/General Fancy G – 10

DIY,ironmonger,garden supplies – 6

Dog Parlour – 4

Domestic – 29

Domestic Appl. Wholesale/Dist – 1

Drapery – 1

Driving schools – 1

e-cigarettes/liquids – 8

Electrical Appliances-Domestic – 2

Engineering – 2

Estate agents,surveyor,valuer – 2

Fabricators – 2

Fish & chips (takeaway & rest) – 12

Fishing, fishing tackle etc – 1

Fitted Kitchens/Bedrooms – 1

Food Products - Manufacturers – 4

Friendly society, charity – 1

Frozen Foods – 1

Gardening Products – 3

General clothing – 5

General farm – 2

General horticulture – 3

General small tools – 1

Glazing – 2

Golf Clubs – 2

Groceries – 16

Gymnasium – 19

Hairdressing – 25

Health & Beauty Services – 19

Horses, riding, tack & equipment – 2

Hostel – 1

Ice Cream – 3

Improvement & repairs – 2

Inflatables/Bouncy Castles – 1

Insurance company & broking – 1

Iron/steel foundry processes – 2

Iron/Steel – 1

Kennels / Cattery – 1

Laundrette – 1

Legal Services – 1

Leisure Centre – 2

Licensed cafe, restaurant etc – 25

Live entertainments – 1

Local authority establishments – 107

Luncheon\Brunch Club – 1

Machine tools & equipment – 1

Magnetics – 1

Mail Order Company – 6

Manufacturer not using Additiv – 2

Manufacturer Using/Containing – 1

Motor spares & equipment – 1

Motor Vehicle Repairs – 1

Multiple Occupied Building – 1

Museums & Art Galleries – 1

Newsagent – 2

Non-BSC – 1

Nurseries (Horticulture) – 3

Office – 5

On-licence Hotels – 1

Out of the city – 3

Outdoor Pursuit Centre – 1

Packaging materials – 3

Pet & Pet supply shops – 1

Petrol Stations – 1

Pharmaceutical products/drugs – 2

Photographic & optical – 1

Post Office – 1

Prepacked Foods-Wholesale/Dist – 3

Prepared T/Away Cuisine Unknow – 6

Prepared T/Away English/America – 2

Prepared T/Away Indian/Asian – 4

Prepared T/Away Italian – 1

Prepared T/Away Mixed Cuisine – 7

Prepared take-away meals – 10

Printing/Stationery Whsle/Dist – 3

Private Nursing Homes – 1

Proprietors club (on-licence) – 1

Pubs (no catering) – 13

Pubs with food – 20

Radio, television – 1

Recycling Site – 5

Residential Care Home – 2

Sandwich Shop – 10

Sauna/massage – 2

Schools & colleges – 1

Second Hand Shop – 7

Semi Perm Skin Colouring – 6

Sheltered Accomodation – 1

Shisha Bar – 5

Snack Bar, Coffee Shop, S Serv – 6

Snooker Club – 4

Sports Club – 1

Sports Grounds – 1

Steel Rolling Mill – 1

Student Accommodation – 3

Supermarket – 32

Tailor – 1

Tanning Salon – 1

Tattooist – 10

Telecoms Equipment – 3

Textiles/Clothing Warehouse/Dist – 2

Timber & wood products – 2

Tobacco/smoking products – 3

Toys, games & models – 1

Tyre & Exhaust Bays – 1

Unknown – 2

Unlicensed cafes, restaurant – 31

Warehouse/Distribution Centre – 15

Waste Disposal – 1

Wire, chains (non-electrical) – 2

Grand Total – 744

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