A host of businesses in Lambeth face thousands of pounds’ worth of fines if they continue to breach Covid-19 rules.  

Lambeth Council and the Met Police took legal action against a martial arts gym in Oval and six other businesses that stayed open when they should have been shut.  

Gracie Barra Oval School was issued a prohibition notice, which orders the business to stop illegal activity immediately, on January 8. 

The business will now be monitored to make sure the order is followed.  

Previous legal action during the November lockdown resulted in the gym closing for two weeks. 

If a business fails to comply it faces a £1,000 fine for a first offence, and up to £10,000 in fines for repeated breaches or where necessary court proceedings. 

Councillor Jacqui Dyer, Lambeth’s cabinet member for jobs, skills and community safety, said: “We are now in a critical situation and it is vital we all stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. I know this incredibly hard for us all – but we must all follow the rules. 

“I thank the vast majority of businesses and residents who are following the rules.  

“But where people are failing to take the steps needed to stop the spread of Covid-19 we must take action.” 

The other prohibition notices were issued to AM Luggage and Bedding,  RR EZ Ltd, and Brixton Cookware Shop in Brixton on December 27, IZZY and Quality Houseware in Streatham on December 30, and Top Gift Fabric Ltd in Brixton on December 31.