Enforcement action at Birmingham markets following Covid-19 regulations not being followed

Police have taken enforcement action at Birmingham's indoor markets after complaints Covid regulations were not being adhered to.

West Midlands Police received several reports that some traders and customers were not wearing masks inside the building, which contravenes the current Government restrictions.

On Wednesday, the force issued 18 fixed penalty notices and directed two people to leave the premises for not wearing masks.

Two people were also arrested for failing to appear at court after taking their details for not wearing a mask.

Inspector Chris Harrison said: “We are committed to the four Es approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging, but this has already been done several times in the market so we have had to take enforcement action.

“We all have to play our part by wearing masks in indoor public places to help prevent the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.”

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