POOLE Hand Car Wash has been issued with a prohibition notice with instruction to close with immediate effect, after breaching Covid-19 regulations by staying open.

BCP Council confirmed the business has been told to close.

Cllr May Haines, portfolio holder for community safety, said: "Since the start of lockdown, our officers have been visiting local businesses to provide advice and guidance on the current government rules, including who can safely remain open and the types of services they can continue to offer at this time.

“We appreciate that these are challenging times, however the government restrictions are in place and we must ensure that they are correctly followed to protect the safety of the public as well as staff."

The councillor said enforcement action is only being taken as a last resort, after advice and guidance has been ignored despite "extensive engagement" by officers.

She added: "I have to say that on the whole, the majority of businesses across Bournemouth and Poole are following the current government rules correctly and it is only fair to those that are acting responsibly that we take action where there are clear and persistent breaches."

The council says it will continue to support, make visits and provide advice to local businesses.