Police Lockdown Fines To Increase To £100 From Wednesday
Fines for breaking the government's coronavirus guidelines are set to increase to £100 from this Wednesday 13th May.
In his broadcast to the public on Sunday 10th May, Prime Minister Boris Johnson referenced the fact that fines would be increased, but gave no further details.
The government has now confirmed that first time offenders will receive a £100 penalty for breaking the guidelines, though that figure will be halved if it is paid within 14 days.
Fines will then double with each offence. Anyone found to be persistently breaking the rules could find themselves faced with a fine of up to £3,200.
The new fines are almost double those in place currently.
As it stands, fines for breaking the lockdown rules are £60, which are reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.
Since the Prime Minister introduced lockdown measures, more than 9,000 fines have been issued.
In his broadcast to the nation on Sunday, Boris Johnson outlined the updated measures that will come into play this week.
The full updated measures are:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
- If you or anyone in your household has symptoms, you all need to self-isolate.
The PM's speech signalled a shift in messaging from the original advice of 'stay home' to 'stay alert'.
The PM advised that those who cannot work from home - such as those working in manufacturing and construction - should be "actively encouraged" to go back to work.
He added that, from Wednesday, Brits will be allowed to "sit in the sun in their local park" for the first time in two months. They can also drive to other destinations and play sports with members of their own households.
The government will review progress made by the new measures from 1st June, including considering the "phased reopening" of shops and to get primary pupils back into school beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
If we all #StayAlert and follow the rules, we can control the virus by keeping the rate of infection (R) and the number of new cases down.
Stay Alert :warning:
Control The Virus :chart_with_downwards_trend:
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- UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) May 11, 2020
From July, the government may look into opening "at least some" of the hospitality and other public places, provided they are safe and observe social distancing.
The PM stressed that the measures were part of a "conditional plan" and subject to change.
He added that the country shouldn't risk "a second spike".
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