A LAW firm has been given the all-clear to reopen its offices after an inspection by Bolton Council Environmental Health officers.

Accident Injury Solicitors were ordered to shut its Blackburn Road premises on September 11 after the council said it became aware of breaches of covid-19 workplace regulation. On investigation, the council and Public Health England said they found 18 virus cases linked to the firm.

And added that an inspection revealed a number of Covid-19 safety issues within the workplace.

However, following a subsequent inspection, Accident Injury Solicitors has been allowed to reopen the building after making the required improvements.

Town hall chefs say the business had carried out a deep clean and reduced the capacity in some communal areas.

And it had reviewed and updated its risk assessment, enhanced safety signage for staff, provided additional hand sanitiser and improved workplace access and exit arrangements.

Environmental Health Officers will continue to monitor the premises to ensure the business remains compliant.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environment Regulatory Services, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, said: "Once again, a business has been forced to close its premises for a number of days when this could have been avoided by putting sensible precautions in place.

“With so much advice and support available from both the council and central government, there can be no excuse for breaking COVID-19 workplace regulations.

“I urge the public to keep letting us know about unsafe businesses and assure everyone that we simply will not tolerate those who put lives at risk.”

Authorities have formed a joint taskforce to enforce the coronavirus restrictions in the borough.

People can report concerns about businesses not complying to environmental.health@bolton.gov.uk.