You Can Be Arrested Or Fined £960 For Breaking Coronavirus Lockdown Rules

Ben PulsfordBen Pulsford
Published 26.03.20

You can now be arrested or fined £960 for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules

So if Boris saying “stay at home” isn’t threatening enough, perhaps the threat of being arrested or fined a grand might help hammer the point home?

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‘Cause seriously, Britain, wtf? Even bumbling Boris has been pretty f*cking clear about this one: stay at home and help the NHS save lives.

But as I said, that’s not quite doing the job with some people, so the government has resorted to more intense measures to keep the British public on lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The UK Home Office has announced that British police officers have been given the power to arrest individuals breaking social isolation measures or fine them up to £960 if they are caught not adhering to the coronavirus lockdown rules in England. These new rules will reportedly be in place for six months.

According to The Independent, adults who are caught breaking self-isolation rules will initially be handed a £60 fine. This will be reduced to £30 if it is paid within a fortnight.

However, should the same individual be caught breaking lockdown rules for a second time, the fine will be doubled. This can continue up to a maximum of £960.

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According to The Independent, the UK government has said that these new unprecedented measures are necessary to try and “reduce the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives.”

A Home Office spokesperson told The Independent:

“Individuals who do not pay a fixed penalty notice under the Regulations could be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.

“If an individual continues to refuse to comply, they will be acting unlawfully, and the police may arrest them where deemed proportionate and necessary.

“However, in the first instance the police will always apply their common sense and discretion.”

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So, to clarify…

Under the new lockdown rules, Brits are only allowed to leave their homes to shop for basic necessities, for medical needs, to exercise once a day, to care for a vulnerable person or to go to work if absolutely necessary. Gatherings of more than two individuals in public are banned, unless the individuals are all members of the same household or carrying out approved work together.

Otherwise, stay the f*ck at home. 

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