Dorset Trading Standards officials have told Lucy Barfoot that she must close her Coconut and Cotton shop in Shaftesbury’s Swan’s Yard.
They say the business does not meet the essential trading rules which would allow it to remain open. Lucy is complying with the order and will operate a click and collect service on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm.
Lucy feels the rules are grossly unfair as many of her products are essentials. She says that she’d prefer to offer a safe, socially distanced trading environment for her customers and generate income, rather than rely on government grants.