Following a complaint received last week about Sports Direct and the lack of enforcement by the company on social distancing guidelines at their warehouse in Shirebrook, Council Leader Steve Fritchley requested that our Environmental Health department contact them to ensure the strict regulations where being adhered to.

Since then, further reports have been circulating by the BBC and in local media outlets that when staff are leaving the warehouse they do so in large groups and are again not sticking to the social distancing guidelines.

The Council Leader has requested that an inspection of the site be undertaken immediately to ensure that all guidelines are being observed and to provide advice and assistance where appropriate to staff working at the warehouse.

Sport Direct have today (01/04/2020) issued all their agency staff with a new 4-day shift rota pattern to help protect them and reduce the amount of staff on site, which will also help aid with social distancing in the workplace. In addition, they have also:

  • provided free bottles of hand sanitisers for all staff to use,
  • are reviewing all areas of their business on a daily basis to ensure staff’s health and wellbeing is a priority,
  • spread out car parking as an additional precaution for spreading the virus
  • scheduled in a visit from our Environmental Health team on 2 April during the morning,
  • scheduled an independent Health and Safety inspection for the afternoon of 2 April.

We’re also aware of reports that there have been gatherings of two or more people either on streets or in properties who again are not adhering to social distancing guidelines. This is a serious issue and one that everyone must take seriously as it could eventually affect you, your family and friends.

The Safer Neighbourhood Teams, which include the Police and our CAN Rangers are actively patrolling the District and are enforcing the guidelines as and when they come across any such incidents.

This blasé attitude of ‘it won’t affect me’ has to stop as we all have to do our bit to ensure we beat this global pandemic. This is common sense and people should only leave their home:

  • To shop for basic necessities or pick up medicine
  • To travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home
  • To exercise once a day, alone or with members of your household

X   Do not meet others, even friends or family

So if you see or hear of any instances of this nature then please contact us immediately on 01246 242424 or the Police on 101 so the situation can be dealt with.

If you are self-isolating, vulnerable or in need of assistance we are asking you to register with our Community Support Team so we can direct resources to those in need across Bolsover District. Contact us on 01246 242424 or complete our self-isolation form.


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