People in England’s second lockdown face £200 fine for going outside from today

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Anyone found out and about in England from must have a reasonable excuse or face a £200 fine.

People will be liable to receiving fixed penalty notices and potentially a criminal record if caught going away on holiday.

The government has written up a list of the only reason people in England can legally leave their home until the national lockdown ends on December 2.

Valid excuses for stepping outside include: leaving for work, getting exercise, requiring medical attention and to get food.

Leaving and re-entering your local area has also been banned as part of the new rules which kicked in at 00:01am on Wednesday.

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Penalties for repeatedly breaking lockdown laws can result in fines rising to £6,400 which if challenged in court, could turn into a criminal conviction.

If paid within 14 days the fine will be reduced to £100.

Playing amateur sport, protesting and attending wedding receptions all break the current rules designed to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

Until guidance is revised by Downing Street, different households cannot mix indoors or in private gardens, unless in a support bubble.

People in England are however allowed to meet someone from a different household in an outdoor public space like a park.

Fines of £1,000 can be issued to anyone ignoring instructions to self-isolate and up to £10,000 for attending or organising a gathering.

Businesses not sticking to the rules face fines of £1,000 for a first offence, £2,000 for the second, £4,000 for the third and £10,000 for the fourth and subsequent breaches.

Police have been told to use discretion on a case-by-case basis.

A 21-page College of Policing guide for officers states: "The list of reasonable excuses is not exhaustive and it is key that officers exercise judgment in a case where they encounter a person with an excuse that is not included in the list of exceptions."

Officers have been advised to engage with people and explain the changes to the law and offer "encouragement to comply" voluntarily, with enforcement used only as "a last resort".

An adult with responsibility for a child in breach of the regulations can be told to take them home.

  • Lockdown
  • Coronavirus
  • Police

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