Fines for breaking new coronavirus rules in England explained

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new coronavirus restrictions on September 22 – but what will happen if you break them?

The new restrictions include a 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants and table service only.

Those in England have also been told to work from home if you can.

Face coverings will be mandatory in taxis, as well as for staff in retail and hospitality.

Unless there is evidence of progress, the measures could be in place in England for six months.

These are on top of the local lockdowns which are already in place around the country.

What will happen if you break new coronavirus rules?

Police have the power to break up groups larger than six people.

But you can also be fined for breaking the rule.

You can be fined for refusing to follow guidelines, or not wearing a face covering where specified.

This includes in shops, supermarkets, on public transport and indoor hospitality.

You are only allowed to take the covering off when you are seated for food and drink.

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From Monday, September 28, the fine for a first offence will double to £200.

This halves to £100 if paid within the first 14 days.

Repeat offenders will face doubled fines, up to a maximum of £6,400.

Hospitality businesses will be required to ensure there are no unlawful gatherings in their premises.

Anyone holding a gathering of more than 30 (such as a rave or house party) could face a £10,000 fine.

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Meanwhile, businesses who flout the rules may be fined up to £10,000, or face closure.

From 28 September, you could also be fined if you don’t stay at home and self-isolate after a positive Covid-19 test result.

You may also be fined if you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate, and you do not do so.

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