By Alex Glenn • 05 February 2021 • 12:20
FIRST OFFENCE fines for breaching COVID rules could reportedly rise to £5,000
According to reports the government is considering raising fines for breaches of lockdown rules to as much as £5000 for a first offence. Currently the fine is only £200 but the government is said to be looking at harsher measures in order to ensure that people follow the rules. Top-level fines currently come in at £6,400 but this could allegedly rise to a whopping £10,000.
Trace Barniess Dido Harding, the head of NHS Test and Trace, has said that around 20,000 people breach isolation rules every day.
The UK currently has lower fines than in many other countries, and The Times reported that according to a source, “The level of fines in the UK is significantly lower than elsewhere.
“We are looking at whether they are sufficient.”
In a recent change to regulations, house parties are being cracked down on with tougher fines. Currently 25 South London partygoers who were caught by police having an illegal party, are being considered for fines of £800 each. The party took place in Rinaldo Road in Balham on Friday.
Inspector Sarah Burrell, of the South West basic command unit, said, “My officers should not have to be putting themselves in harm’s way by attending flagrant breaches such as this, but anyone who organises or attends such an event can be assured that we will turn up and we will issue fines.
“This was a blatant breach of the coronavirus rules that are in place to save lives and protect the huge pressure on the NHS.
“We are still in the middle of a global pandemic and the risks are simply not worth it.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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