BUSINESSES required to remain closed during lockdown are being warned not to trade illegally.

Carlisle City Council said only businesses with an exemption can remain open and has warned it will take action against those not complying with coronavirus Health Protection regulations.

It comes following reports that a Carlisle barber has been offering mobile services through Facebook.

A city council spokeswoman said: "Officers are actively monitoring business activities and reacting to complaints and visiting businesses where necessary. They are also reminding hairdressers and barbers that they cannot operate a mobile business. This is another activity that can result in enforcement action."

Where a business is found to be open or trading illegally, officers are using an engage, explain, encourage before enforce approach. However, the council said, appropriate enforcement action will be taken in the form of a Prohibition Notice to formally close a business and issue a Fixed Penalty Notice on those found to be contravening the law.

Businesses may also face a fine if they are prosecuted for breaching the requirements of the regulations.

“Our Environmental Health team, Trading Standards Officers and the police are working closely together to ensure businesses within the Carlisle area are complying with the requirements of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020," the spokeswoman added.

“Most businesses have followed the rules and we would like to thank them for their support."

To report concerns of illegal trading contact the city council Environmental Health team on 01228 817200.