Plants Galore becomes first to shut down for ignoring coronavirus rules

Plants Galore in Exeter, Devon, continued trading throughout this week, even after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “lockdown” on Monday for all but essential businesses.

 
The notice claimed Plants Galore was “permitted the sale of garden plants, seeds, bulbs and other garden items”.
 
But the coronavirus prohibition notice, served by Exeter City Council, assisted by police, said the business has committed an offence under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020.
 
The notice, delivered to the garden centre on Friday by the Environmental Health and Community Safety Team, comes a day after a pub in Liverpool became the first business to receive the same notice.
 
It said the garden centre must immediately stop opening to the public.
 
The store can continue to operate via electronic means, and function as a store for other permitted items.
 
Failure to abide by the requirements of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions England 2020) is an offence.
 
The move comes after Exeter City Council received complaints from members of the public.

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