A notice has been issued to a car wash that stayed open despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Tip Top Car Wash, at Elizabeth Way in Harlow, continued their services even though government guidelines show car washes should not open during the lockdown.

Harlow Council officers, supported by Essex Police, approached the car wash and issued a prohibition notice on Saturday (November 14).

Under the four-week national lockdown which is expected to end by December 2, only businesses deemed ‘essential’ can remain open.

The notice means that if the business is caught open again while restrictions continue, it could face fines.

The council continues to work with businesses in the town to advise and guide them on the restrictions in place during lockdown.

And according to Harlow Council, the majority of businesses in the town continue to comply with the rules.

The council called prohibition notices a “necessary step” in enforcing a breach of the coronavirus restrictions.

A list of businesses that can and cannot operate at this time can be read at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

If residents are concerned that a business in Harlow is not following government guidelines and restrictions these can be report by email to env.health@harlow.gov.uk