The new tier system in England has caused some confusion for residents about what they can and can’t do – and what they risk being fined for.
Police have the power to slap rule-breakers with tickets for hundreds of pounds if they are caught flouting Covid-19 regulations.
According to the Metropolitan Police, cops have been tasked with “resolving and encouraging people” to behave responsibly.
Different rules are in place across the country depending on how prevalent cases of the virus are.
The Met said that they are following the 4 E’s in London: Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce.
All forces have the power to fine households if they are actively breaking rules that have been put in place to keep the country safe from the disease.
Here are the rules in your tier – and what you can be fined for doing.
In Tier 3, the rules are the strictest.
If you live in an area under the harshest restrictions then you must not socialise with anyone outside your household or support bubble.
That forbids socialising indoors or out, including a private garden, or pubs and restaurants.
Police can dish out fines for offenders, which start at around £200 and will depend on the seriousness of the situation.
And fines will double for breaching the rule of six up to £6,400 – with organised gatherings risking huge punishments of up to £10k.
Pubs and hospitality venues mandated to close must not remain open, or face hefty fines.
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In Tier 2 you must not socialise with anybody outside your household or bubble in an indoor setting, and outside gatherings must be distanced and adhering to the rule of six.
Breaking this rule risks a fine starting at £200.
Business will also see fines if they do not follow Covid regulations such as collecting track and trace details or ensuring they are clean and secure.
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In Tier 1 the rules are relaxed the most – but there are still regulations to follow to stay safe and avoid a fine.
The rule of six remains in place across Tier 1 areas, with few exceptions.
Households can’t meet up in groups larger than six indoors or out, otherwise they risk being slapped with a fine of £200 that will double with every subsequent offence.
And the whole country is subject to sweeping rules that can land you in hot water with police.
Fines of £200 can be handed out to anyone not wearing a face covering in a shop – with charges doubling for each offence.
And anyone who breaks self-isolation risks a huge fine.
Households who either return from a holiday to a country not on the travel corridor list, or ignore NHS Test and Trace, risk charges between £1,000 to £10,000.
If the NHS tell you to self-isolate you must stay at home and not mix with other households.
High risks apply to those “recklessly” leaving self-isolation – endangering the health of others.
The first offence carries a fine of £4,000 with a second surging to £10,000.
And if you are caught making a fake claim about who you’ve been in contact with once you test positive if you can be fined £10,000.
People who organise gatherings of more than 30 people will be liable for fines of up to £10,000.
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