BRITS fed up with coronavirus restrictions has been warned against family visits or sunbathing at the beach at Easter – as they will face a fine.
Police across the UK have the power to demand that sun seekers pay a heavy fine for flouting strict lock-in rules – and have already issued more than 1,000 fines.
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Priti Patel told the British at the Downing Street press conference on Saturday that the police would “not be afraid” to take action against those who break social distancing guidelines this Easter weekend, so temperatures rise to 26 ° C in some regions.
Can I be arrested and fined by the police over the Easter weekend?
With the Easter weekend weather forecast in plenty of sunshine, the shut up Britons should try to break free from their homes after nearly three weeks of foreclosure.
According to the Met Office, it will be hot in England and Wales – with temperatures up to 24 ° C in parts of London and south-east on public holidays Friday and Saturday.
But before you even think about venturing outside, be warned, the new government rules give cops the power to stop and hit you:
- A £ 60 fixed penalty notice, which will be lowered to £ 30 if paid within 14 days
- And issue a £ 120 fine for repeat offenders, double with each new recurrence
West Midlands police have already fined a father £ 480 – and warned that it will double to £ 960 – after catching his boy wandering the streets without valid excuse.
People are only allowed to leave their homes for the following very limited purposes:
- Shopping for basic necessities as rarely as possible
- One form of exercise a day – for example, running, walking, or biking – alone or with household members
- Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travel to and from work, but only where they cannot work from home
Some forces want faster lock-in rules, so people can’t travel long distances, reports The Guardian.
There are also police chiefs who want to ban too many outside activities.
They called on the government to enshrine workout restrictions in the law, to prevent people from exercising outdoors more than once a day.
Government officials have received speed cameras and traffic data, which proves that many people broke the lock rules last weekend to venture further than their local neighborhood, The Guardian added.
Concerns about non-compliance with social distancing rules over the Easter weekend prompted Herts police to issue a stern warning “Covid-19: Reminder to stay home this holiday weekend”.
The force reiterates that “social distancing measures are still well in place this Easter weekend.
“Officers will be patrolling the county to make sure people follow the guidelines.”
In controversy, people have been asked to report others and “report any mass gatherings through our online reporting methods”.
This request has been repeated by other forces, including Cambridgeshire.
Cambs police tweeted, “We urge people to use common sense.
“Please only use our online form if there is a significant problem or violation. It can be a large gathering or a group of people repeatedly ignoring the restrictions. “
This prompted Gabriel Vanca to respond: “You will end up with hundreds of reports of neighbors flagging up.
“You realize that, don’t you? Why are you making it easy for them? “
Far from the countries of origin, tThe Yorkshire coast is “closed this Easter weekend” and people from across North Yorkshire and the country are urged to stay away despite the hot weather.
This warning was issued by MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Crime Commissioner and Joe Plant, North Yorkshire County Councilor.
The trio released a message “Stay away, stay home, save lives.”
Their statement said they “fear that the holiday will see residents of all of North Yorkshire and tourists from further afield going to the coast.
“There have already been disturbing reports of people arriving on the coast before Easter to visit their second homes or for vacations. “
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The government’s advice for those who leave their homes for exercise is to “stay local,” use open spaces near their homes, and not to travel unnecessarily.
It’s about stopping the spread of the coronavirus – which has already killed more than 7,000 people in the UK – and helping the NHS cope with the many Covid-19 patients.
Goodwill said: “I was dismayed to see so many tourists visiting the Yorkshire coast, with particularly disturbing scenes in places like Whitby where the narrow streets don’t keep you out of the way. “