More than 1,500 businesses across B&NES have been checked in the past week to ensure they are complying with new lockdown restrictions.

Public Protection Officers from B&NES Council have checked 1,543 businesses and have found the vast majority are adhering to the rules, with just 27 found to be non-compliant and issued with advice.

Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services, said: “So far, a very small proportion, less than two per cent of the businesses we’ve checked, have been found to be operating outside the rules. We’ve spoken to them, advised them and they’ve taken action. We’ll continue to monitor and advise traders over the coming weeks.”