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Mayor thanks Tower Hamlets businesses for sticking to covid rules

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has thanked businesses across the borough for doing their bit to help keep people safe and stop the spread of Covid-19.

There are over 1,000 hospitality businesses in Tower Hamlets and the pandemic has been especially hard for them. Most of these businesses adhered to Covid-19 restrictions limiting their operations, often at great financial cost.

Tower Hamlets Council has taken appropriate enforcement action against the small number of businesses that chose not to abide by the restrictions. One café owner was prosecuted for continually flouting covid restrictions following complaints from members of the public, which were then witnessed by council officers.

La Cantina Social Café, under the railway arches in Cambridge Health Road, Bethnal Green, was fined and ordered to pay £7247,12 including costs for allowing customers to eat and drink at the premises when it should only have been open for delivery and takeaways.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

“It is wrong that one business should be allowed to take an illegal financial advantage over law abiding businesses. This was a serious and continued breach of the rules and despite our best efforts to inform the café owner of their obligations, they were not willing to change their behaviour to help keep people safe.

“I want to say thank you to all the businesses in Tower Hamlets that stuck to the rules to keep their customers and staff safe, despite it costing them money. We are all in this together and need to do our bit to help stop the spread.”

The council continues to offer a range of support for local businesses to help them bounce back from the pandemic, including distributing over £200m in grants and rate relief to over 5,000 local businesses.

If you have a business in Tower Hamlets and want to get support or advice, email towncentres@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Posted on Thursday 20th January 2022