PUBLISHED: 00:36, Sun, Jan 10, 2021 | UPDATED: 00:36, Sun, Jan 10, 2021
The new officer guidance states the fines can be issued if people refuse to follow the measures when asked by officers. The advice, reported this weekend by the Sunday Telegraph, states that “initial police response should be to encourage with voluntary compliance,” followed by the potential fines.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has now praised the rules, citing “the tragic number” of new coronavirus cases and deaths that occurred over the past week.
She said: “Enforcing these rules saves lives. It is as simple as that.
“Officers will continue to engage with the public across the country and will not hesitate to take action when necessary.”Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Coronavirus UK: Police approaching lockdown protesters in London this weekend (Image: Guy Smallman / Getty)
The Tory MP also said the “vast majority” of people have been following Boris Johnson’s new national lockdown, which was legally imposed earlier this week.
However, she added “the tragic number of new cases and deaths this week shows there is still a need for strong enforcement where people are clearly breaking these rules to ensure we safeguard our country’s recovery from this deadly virus.”
The on-the-sport fines of £200 are cut in half if they are paid within 14 days, it is understood.
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Priti Patel has said she supports 'strong enforcement' by police (Image: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty)
It comes after two women in the East Midlands were both fined with the penalties after it was claimed they drove to a remote Beauty spot for a walk around five miles from where they lived.
One of the two told the BBC she thought the police decision was “bonkers” after saying she was “surrounded” by officers