Eight takeaways in Gedling borough have been issued warnings by police after breaching the new 10pm curfew.
A team of pro-active Special Constables issued the warnings after carrying out spot checks across the borough on Friday night.
The team visited dozens of restaurants and takeaways and observed staff from eight of the visits agreeing to serve customers after the 10pm curfew that came into force on Thursday.
Police said that each of the premises that breached the closure rules were issued with warning letters, outlining their responsibilities as a business to comply with the latest Government rules.
Under the new rules takeaways, public houses, leisure facilities, theme parks and funfairs, casinos and social clubs must close between the hours of 10pm and 5am. Anyone found to repeatedly breach the rules can face fines of up to £10,000.Delivery services are allowed to continue as normal.
Special Sergeant Ashley Wagstaffe, who heads-up the Specials pro-active team across Gedling borough, said: “We visited a number of businesses to ensure that the new rules were being complied with as we received a number of reports raising concerns around the way that takeaways and restaurants were operating.
“We observed a number of clear breaches during the visits and made it clear to the owners that there is now firm instructions in relation to when they must close.
“All of the businesses that we visited took on the advice that was given to them, and through our engagement and explanation approach, we’re confident that they will now observe and comply with the new rules.
“If we find any further breaches, we will work with our partner agencies to take additional action, which could lead to fines of up to £10,000.
Wagstaffe added: “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the overwhelming number of small businesses who have worked tirelessly to strictly follow the new rules.
“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to engaging, explaining and encouraging people in relation to their personal responsibilities to help protect the nation’s health, but will use enforcement as a last result if there are repeated breaches of the Covid-19 rules.”