The vast majority of businesses in Stafford Borough that have been allowed to stay open during the third national lockdown have acted responsibly, a senior councillor has said.

The number of complaints to Stafford Borough Council have been ‘few and far between’ since leisure and hospitality businesses, and non-essential shops, were forced to close because of lockdown restrictions.

Councillor Jonathan Price made his comments following widespread publicity from across the country about businesses breaching or bending Covid rules.

He said:  “We do receive complaints and when we investigate some are baseless, some have minor issues that need to be addressed to keep within the spirit of the law – but those deliberately breaking rules are very few and far between.
Councils were given powers to issue a prohibition notice to restrict owners from operating if they didn’t comply with the Covid-19 legislation.

The council has a dedicated webpage where businesses can find advice and financial support during Covid-19

The businesses support website also details a list of grants and support businesses can get, including:

Top-ups grants to retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses that are mandated to close. Payments will be made as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000