A message regarding B&B accommodation trading in Lavenham during the Coronavirus lockdown period received recently via e-mail from BDC:-
Whilst we have powers to prohibit such premises from trading there are also exemptions (see the table below extracted from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance ).
For example I understand that one of the case brought up in the complaint is of a family that were staying in a B&B before the lockdown was in force and who are still there. As these guests where there before the lockdown the B&B is not breaching the rules if all the customers are doing is using this accommodation as a mean to isolate because they cannot return to their own home.
Hotels, hostels, B&Bs, holiday rentals, campsites and boarding houses for commercial use
Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable, or they live in them in permanently they may continue to do so.
Critical workers and non-UK residents who are unable to travel to their country of residence during this period can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required.
People who are unable to move into a new home due to the current restrictions can also stay at hotels.
Where hotels, hostels, and B&Bs are providing rooms to support homeless and other vulnerable people such as those who cannot safely stay in their home, through arrangements with local authorities and other public bodies, they may remain open.
Those attending a funeral will be able to use hotels when returning home would be impractical.
Hotels are allowed to host blood donation sessions.
Regarding other B&Bs or Air B&Bs the fact they are still advertising may only be a question of them having adverts on travelling websites that have not taken them down. For example most restaurants have not amended their websites to state they are closed but in practice all of them are.
Given the various exemptions I cannot therefore make a general comment or take action on whether these various B&Bs and Air B&Bs should be closed; each allegation would have to be assessed on a case by case basis. As such if local residents of Lavenham are concerned by specific establishments then we need to have the precise details of the establishments concerned so we can further investigate.
I hope this will be of help
Food and Safety Officer
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils - Working Together
Tel: 01473 296368
Mob: 07825 421225