Covid compliance team to monitor ‘hot spots’ across the district

Hart District Council has coordinated a Covid compliance team to monitor ‘hot spots’ of high coronavirus infection rates in Hart. 

The team consists of Environmental Heath, Licensing, Community Safety, and the Council’s new Covid Enforcement Officer, who started with the Council last week.  

The aim of the team to is make sure that the businesses that are still able to operate are doing so Covid-secure and that people out exercising in the areas are indeed local residents, making sure that visitors aren’t coming to our open spaces and spreading the virus. 

Speaking about the team, Cllr David Neighbour, Leader of the Council, said: “We wanted officers to join forces and target areas across the district with the highest infection rates. This approach aims to give a visible presence to the public to show that we are acting on their behalf to keep them as safe as possible. As a local authority we have new enforcement powers, which allows us to act upon any businesses, or person, breaking the Covid rules set by central government.” 

Hart District Council was one of the first local authorities to use these new enforcement powers in December, which allow officers to issue a Covid Improvement Notice, an Immediate Restrictions notice, or a Fixed Penalty Notice.  

Speaking about the new powers, Mark Jaggard, Head of Place at Hart District Council, said: “So far, we found the urban centres to be appropriately quiet with genuinely high levels of compliance within businesses and the public. We have found issues within the rural areas and a Covid Improvement Notice was served on a business before Christmas. My thanks to the team for working so diligently during this pandemic.” 

For the latest information on the Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit www.hart.gov.uk/covid-19.