A petition is urging Redbridge Council to better help small businesses comply with social distancing rules.
It follows a fine issued to a local hairdresser for placing chairs outside his shop.
“Wanstead Hairdressers put three chairs outside when it opened after lockdown so elderly customers had somewhere to sit. The council fined them £100 without warning. They’re not the only shop this has happened to,” said Natalie Michaelides, whose petition received over 150 signatures in 24 hours.