KFC and kebab takeaway fined for breaking coronavirus regulations

first_imgKFC and Bodrum Kebab takeaway on Cowley Road have been hit with fines from the Oxford City Council after breaking COVID-19 restrictions. Since receiving the fines there have been no further reportsof either business breaching the regulations. Both businesses are also still inoperation, with advertised opening hours at KFC at between 11:00-22:00, withdelivery extending to 23:45. The Oxford City Council said: “Although takeaways cancontinue operating after 10pm using a delivery service, click-and-collect ordrive-thru, the law forbids them from taking orders and serving food in theirpremises or at their door after 10pm”. Image credit: Steve Daniels Both businesses have been charged £1,000 after enforcementofficers from the newly formed COVID Secure Team witnessed the companiescontinuing to serve customers after 10pm. Councillor Upton also states that city-centre pubs and bars have “gone above and beyond” to protect their staff and customers. She added: “The vast majority of businesses are complying with the new rules.” The Council said that both takeaways were visited aftercomplaints from the public. When officers visited, they saw KFC continuing toserve customers on three separate occasions after 10pm, while Bodrum Kebabstaff were seen serving customers and taking orders at the door at 11:59pm on Friday2nd October. The City Council is able to fine businesses up to £10,000 for breaking the COVID-19 regulations, but given that it was the businesses’ first infraction, chose to set the fine at £1,000. A manager at Bodrum’s Kebab told the BBC when contacted that they “served customers who have a car outside” and that they “are allowed to sell to customers with vehicles outside”. She went on to say: “Some people are jealous that we are getting customers.” KFC and Bodrum’s Kebab have been contacted for comment. Councillor Louise Upton said: “Any businesses that break the coronavirus rules are irresponsibly making the city less safe for everyone, and they should know that we will take action against them.”last_img read more

BLOG: As the Snow Thaws, Prepare for Possible Flooding

first_imgBLOG: As the Snow Thaws, Prepare for Possible Flooding By: Rick Flinn, Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency PSA,  The Blog,  Weather Safety This week, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) reminded Pennsylvanians to monitor their local forecasts for possible flooding due to snow melt and rain.Widespread river flooding is not currently forecast. However, several waterways will move into the action or minor flood stage, with the chance for one or two to move into moderate flooding.Since flooding can occur with little or no notice, all Pennsylvanians need to remain vigilant. Families should have emergency plans in place for getting out of their neighborhood and maintaining contact with other family members in case flooding occurs when they’re not together.Pennsylvanians can also protect their homes from flooding by clearing the drains around their home, including roof gutters, drain inlets, downspouts, pipes and drainage ditches. If you can, clear nearby storm drains from snow, leaves, or debris — clogged drains can create a back-up of water, which can cause local flooding.Drivers should also be aware of flood warning signs and traffic control devices that warn of flooded areas. To help ensure safety for motorists and emergency responders alike, state law mandates that motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250. Penalties are higher if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard warning signs.The commonwealth’s ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps before an emergency occurs: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved. More detailed information, including free downloadable emergency home and car kit checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at ReadyPA.org. The free ReadyPA app is also available for both Apple and Android devices.With the possibility for flooding in the near future, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller reminded consumers about their options for flood insurance coverage at an event yesterday in Hershey.Some Pennsylvania homeowners may be facing steeply rising premiums under the federal government’s flood insurance program, and re-drawn Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maps have placed many properties in flood zones that had not been there before,However, many homeowners can get private market flood coverage — in many cases at substantial savings as compared to the federal government coverage.The Insurance Department announced the creation of a new webpage, providing a one-stop shop for information on flood insurance available to Pennsylvania homeowners and renters. You can view the new webpage here. February 03, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more