UK lockdown for North of England: Police can issue £3,200 fines in 16 towns ...

CORONAVIRUS lockdown laws have come into force in 16 areas of the north of England as rule-breakers are warned they could be slapped with £3,200 fines.

PUBLISHED: 09:03, Wed, Aug 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:21, Wed, Aug 5, 2020

Stringent laws enforcing lockdown restrictions to prevent a second wave of the invisible killer disease are now in place in areas of the north of England including Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Residents in the metropolitan, city and borough council areas of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Calderdale and Kirklees are now living under strict lockdown restrictions.

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Anyone found flouting the rules could be fined £100 up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences.

The rules ban people from different households meeting in a private home or garden following a spike in coronavirus cases.

The latest laws also prohibit people from meeting others from different households in areas outside the lockdown zone, such as at homes in nearby towns not subject to the rules.

england coronavirusPolice will have the power to slap rule-breakers with fines (Image: GETTY )

England coronavirusStringent laws enforcing lockdown restrictions to prevent a second wave of the invisible killer disease are now in place in areas of the north of England (Image: PA )

And people cannot meet in groups of more than 30 in public places.

Critics have branded this the resurgence of the so-called "lockdown sex ban" because the law prohibits encounters between people from different households in their homes or other "private dwellings" and defines a gathering as "when two or more people are present together in the same place in order to engage in any form of social interaction with each other, or to undertake any other activity with each other".

The ban does not extend to places such as hotels, campsites and guest houses or include other buildings such as care homes.

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England coronavirusAnyone found flouting the rules could be fined £100 up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences (Image: PA)

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