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Covid-19 police regulations

Policing will adopt a four-phase approach

Engage - we will initially encourage voluntary compliance.

Explain - we will stress the risks to public health and to the NHS. Educate people about the risks and the wider social factors.

Encourage - we will seek compliance and emphasise the benefits to the NHS by staying at home, how this can save lives and reduce the risk for more vulnerable people in society.

Enforce - we will direct you to return to the place where you live. This may include providing reasonable instruction of the route by which you are required to return. We may also remove you to the place where you live, using reasonable force where it is a necessary and proportionate means of ensuring compliance.

We will make sensible decisions, employ judgement and continue to use other powers.

Enforcement will be a last resort


The police and local authorities have the powers to enforce the requirements set out in law if people do not comply with them. The police will act with discretion and common sense in applying these measures, but if you breach the law, the police may instruct you to go home, leave an area or disperse, and they may instruct you to take steps to stop your children breaking these rules if they have already done so. The police can also take you home or arrest you where they believe it is necessary.

If the police believe that you have broken the law – or if you refuse to follow their instructions enforcing the law – a police officer may issue you with a fixed penalty notice of £100 (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days), an increase of £40 from the previous £60 fixed penalty amount. If you have already received a fixed penalty notice, the amount for further offences will increase in line with the table below.

First offence £100
Second offence £200
Third offence £400
Fourth offence £800
Fifth offence £1600
Maximum penalty £3200

For both individuals and companies, if you do not pay your fine you could be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.

15 Jul 20 9:25 AM

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