Preparing to re-open - what you need to know
Please remember that the route map announced by the First Minister on the 21 May 2020 is a plan which the Scottish Government will consider implementing following their review on May 28.
We anticipate that, following this review, some of the restrictions will be eased, allowing certain specified businesses to open from 29 May.
Until then, current restrictions remain in place, and we ask all businesses to remain patient and only plan to open when permitted to do so while sticking to Scottish Government health advice
For more guidance on social distancing or to access a broader range of business support mechanisms available from East Ayrshire Council please email our economic development team. You can visit their Business Support page. And sign up to receive regular Business Support email bulletins
Pest control service re-opens
We've had to re-organise our Pest Control service since the introduction of COVID-19 measures. We're now ready to re-start our service.
While we're under restrictions we will assess each request to consider both your safety and that of our Pest Control staff. With this in mind we ask that you co-operate with our staff to give us safe access to your property while following social distancing guidelines.
If you have concerns about social distancing within any business premises including shops and workplaces please contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much the service costs
Our current charges are:
- £48.00, including VAT, for all pest control work (except fumigations)
- £120.00, including VAT, for fumigations
East Ayrshire Council tenants
If you are an East Ayrshire Council tenant these charges are paid by our Housing Service.
Private and social housing tenants
If you are a private or social housing tenant you should contact your landlord, before you contact us, to find out who will pay the cost.
If you own your home you are responsible for payments for work at your own property.
Who to contact
If you have a pest control problem please email RegulatoryServices@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Fraudsters are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam the public – don’t become a victim.
The majority of scams being reported are online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived.
Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.
The spread of coronavirus means more people are working from home than ever before. This provides fewer opportunities to talk to colleagues, a different work environment and may result in increased stress.
Criminals have taken advantage of these changes to target employees who are more isolated from colleagues, in order to gain sensitive information or make payments. They will also try to gain access to business devices and networks and everything stored on them. Scams include:
- fake COVID-19 grant payments
- tax refund frauds
- false invoices for face masks
The increased risk for businesses has led National Trading Standards to encourage more businesses to join Businesses Against Scams. The initiative provides free tools for businesses to help upskill and train their workforce, through free online training modules that will help staff identify and prevent potential scams.
There have also been a number of reports of coronavirus-themed phishing attempts – the majority of which are emails.
These communications try to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details.
Cyber criminals prey on fears of the coronavirus, sending 'phishing' emails that try and trick users into clicking on a bad link. Once clicked, you are sent to a dodgy website which could download malware onto your computer or steal passwords.
Scams may claim to have a 'cure' for the virus, offer a financial reward, or be encouraging you to donate. Like many phishing scams, these emails are preying on real-world concerns to try and trick people into doing the wrong thing.
Remember, criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. Don’t let your guard down. Always stop and consider before parting with your money or information. Don’t be rushed.
Report a scam
If you think you’ve been caught out by a scam contact your bank immediately and report it to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or to our Trading Standards Service at email@example.com.
You can keep up-to-date with the latest reported scams on the Trading Standards Scotland website and on our Trading Standard's Facebook page.
Find out more
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Suspension of dog warden services
We have regrettably had to suspend dog warden services with immediate effect until further notice. This decision has been taken in the interests of staff safety due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Food premises changing to takeaways and delivery services
We understand that food premises may look to change their business model and diversify in order to maintain their business during this time.
Read advice for food businesses (PDF 206Kb) that are looking to make provision for takeaways and deliveries where they have not done so before.
A food business will only be in a position do this if they are currently registered and risk rated with East Ayrshire Council’s Environmental Health or another local authority.
Health protection regulations
The Health Protection (Coronavirus)(Restrictions)(Scotland) Regulations 2020 have been made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of coronavirus in Scotland. These regulations detail businesses that are subject to restrictions or closure.
Two types of business that are licensed and regulated by East Ayrshire Council that are not detailed within the above legislation are Street Traders and Window Cleaners. Unless there is an amendment to the legislation to include these businesses, there is no legal obligation for these businesses to cease trading and there are currently no legal powers to enforce closure.
We would advise though that these businesses do not trade. However, if in the case of a Street Trader, the goods being offered for sale or delivery are providing a service to the elderly and those self isolating, licence holders should comply with the regulations and take all reasonable steps to ensure that a social distancing of two metres is maintained between anyone using the facility. Members of the public using the facility should also take reasonable steps to ensure the same social distancing of two metres from another person.
Police Scotland Officers and relevant East Ayrshire Council officers will be monitoring licence holders to ensure that this is being observed.
If there are further amendments to the legislation in respect of the above, a further update will be published.
If anyone has any concerns about the above businesses, please contact: