SHOPS and businesses including in Barnoldswick and Earby are being checked to make sure they are complying with coronavirus regulations.

Pendle Council says its environmental health officers are out every day making sure all shops and businesses are Covid-19 secure.

Council leader, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, said officers were also checking pubs and restaurants in the evenings and weekends.

“Our team has been out checking that shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants are following the Government’s safety guidelines, following a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Pendle,” he said.

“We are also reminding people to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops and supermarkets, to keep themselves, local traders and other customers safe.”

Environmental Health Officers and Police Community Support Officers have also been taking hundreds of posters out to businesses to ask them to display safety messages.

This includes sticking to the maximum number of people allowed in any business.

Pendle Council’s Chief Executive Dean Langton said:“Our team visited over 200 businesses last week and out of those, 13 weren’t complying with the rules. We have made it clear what they must do and our staff are re-visiting them to check that they are Covid-19 secure. If they are not we will take action,” he added.

“Anyone who is worried that a business is breaking the Covid-19 rules can report it online at: under the heading 'report a business'.