Barbershop which claimed Covid-19 is a ‘conspiracy’ shut down after shunning face masks and social distancing

BARBERSHOP bosses who claimed Covid-19 is a ‘conspiracy’ and shunned masks and social distancing have had their business shut down by council chiefs.

Authorities say staff at Talking Heads salon in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, put “customers at risk” by not following coronavirus guidance.

A Nottinghamshire barbershop has been shut down after staff ignored social distancing – and claimed the pandemic is a ‘conspiracy’

Talking Heads salon was temporarily closed amid surging cases in the area

Police and environmental health officers were called to the salon after “significant breaches” of rules and regulations on the virus.

And when enforcement officers visited, they said barbers “didn’t appear to understand the need” for the requirements – and then handed over documents suggesting the pandemic is a hoax, the Nottingham Post reports.

The shop will now be temporarily shut – and doors could be closed until mid-November, although there’ll be a review of the measure every week.

MPs in Nottingham believe the area could go into tougher tier three measures after it was initially placed in the ‘high’ tier two category.

Latest Government figures show the total number of cases in the area surged by 555 overnight, with 7,676 total infections.

Jonathan Gribbin, public health director on Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We will not hesitate to take action against businesses whose operations pose a serious and imminent risk to the health of their customers, staff and the wider community

“As we move into the first weekend of living at high alert level, residents and businesses need to be extra vigilant and follow restrictions in place to help reduce the spread of infection.”

The area’s county council has issued three ‘direction to close notices’ since being given powers by the Government.

Notts MPs believe they could soon face a tier three shutdown

The area is currently in tier two – meaning people can’t visit friends or family indoors if they’re living in different households

Another 555 coronavirus cases were reported overnight in the area

Two pubs in the area have been shut after breaches of Covid guidance.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Dickson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We all have an incredibly important responsibility to adhere to the coronavirus regulations as part of our national effort to prevent the spread of the disease.

“All businesses must comply with the protocols set by the Government as a matter of public safety and we will not stand for persistent breaches of the regulations in our city and county.

“In this case there was deliberate flouting of the restrictions which is both reckless and endangers life which is not acceptable.

“As a result the business has been closed. We will be patrolling in the area on a regular basis to ensure the business remains closed.”

Cllr John Wilmott, cabinet member for regulatory services at Ashfield District Council, added: “It is disappointing to hear that a local business is failing to provide a Covid Secure environment for their customers.

“It meant we had no option but to take this action despite our teams continuing to provide them with the advice and support since the pandemic started.

“We continue to work with business owners on the guidelines, and have visited hundreds of businesses in recent weeks to help them adapt to laws and the vast majority are doing an amazing job.

“We will continue to support them however we can, but we will not tolerate complacency when it comes to regulations that are designed to protect the health of our residents.

“Our environmental health team have worked closely with officers at the council council, and it is hugely important that businesses implement all necessary measures to keep their premises secure for customers and help tackle the rising number of cases.”

The number of people diagnosed with coronavirus has dropped by a sixth overnight

Nationally, coronavirus cases have hit 689,272
Half of the country is now living in either tier two or tier three
One in every two people living in England has been hit by stricter lockdown restrictions