Blockade of Leicester: new laws come into force

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People repeatedly seen breaking Leicester’s foreclosure could be fined up to £ 3,200


Legislation ensuring local foreclosure in Leicester can be enforced by law has been passed by Parliament.

The new regulations will take effect on Saturday, as the rest of the country begins to see an easing of the lockout.

Individuals or businesses who repeatedly flout the new law could be fined up to £ 3,200.

The ban on social gatherings, overnight stays and the reopening of hotels, pubs and restaurants are all included in the new legislation.

Leicester was subjected to the first local lockdown in the UK on Monday after an outbreak of Covid-19.

Police said they were preparing for a busy weekend as pubs remain closed in Leicester but reopen across the country, with more officers on duty than during a typical New Year’s Eve.

Officers would monitor more stringent foreclosure measures and oversee the relaxation of rules outside the restricted area.

The bosses of the city hospitals also declared that they were preparing for “typical Christmas Eve behaviors”.

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Leicesterers have been ordered to stay at home since Monday


The city’s regulations were adopted while a new statutory instrument facilitating foreclosure for the rest of the country came into force on Friday.

Leicesterers who live alone or on their own can still form a social bubble with another household, depending on the law.

Public gatherings of more than six people are now prohibited and it is prohibited to meet people inside.

Fixed penalty notices can be issued for people who break the lockout rules.

Fines start at £ 100 and increase on a sliding scale, so that a person found breaking the lock for the sixth time could be fined £ 3,200.

The same fines could be imposed by police across England before the lock is released.

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Leicestershire police said, “We will ask people to follow the rules and encourage them to follow the directions.

“We want people to stay at home in the protected area and if you are outside of that, be responsible and socialize safely.” ”

Leicester City Council confirmed that it had been informed of the legislation “shortly before its publication”.

The regulations must be revised on July 18.

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