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Coronavirus rules could see you fined up to £6,400

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With the next lot of restrictions set to relax on May 17, it can seem like people are already becoming complacent.

Due to the incredible amount of vaccinations that have been delivered across the UK and the shrinking number of cases and deaths, it can be easy to forget that we’re in the middle of a pandemic.

More than 35 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and it’s getting better in England, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

From April 12, a relaxation in gathering rules meant that you can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6).

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Or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible).

However, despite this clear regulation on what is and isn’t allowed – it seems that some people out there are still flouting the rules, which could be an expensive as well as dangerous decision.

Here’s what chiefs Met Office are saying could happen if you break Covid regulations and what they’re doing about it.

They said: “If there is a problem we want to resolve it by communicating clearly and encouraging people to behave responsibly.

“We’re following ‘the 4 Es’: Engage. Explain. Encourage. Enforce. First, we will try to engage with someone, explain how we think they are breaking the rules, and encourage them to change their behaviour to reduce the risk to public safety and health.”

If people still do not follow the rules the police can:

  • tell them to disperse
  • tell parents to stop their children breaking the rules
  • fine them

If someone continues to ignore the instructions, the police can arrest them if they think it is proportionate and necessary.

Fines

Fines differ depending on which country you are in. People who do not pay a fine could be taken to court, where they could be fined an unlimited amount.

England

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days
  • £400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400

Wales

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • £60 for the first offence, which may be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days
  • £120 for the second offence and for each further offence

Scotland

People aged 16 or over can be fined:

  • £60 for the first offence, lowered to £30 if paid within 28 days
  • £120 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £960

Northern Ireland

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • £60 for the first offence, lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days
  • £120 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £960

Lockdown roadmap: What you’ll be able to do from May 17

The next step of the Government’s roadmap comes into effect on Monday, May 17.

England’s lockdown roadmap has so far gone to plan, with businesses opening their doors and social restrictions gradually easing.

The latest step of the Government’s roadmap took place on April 12 and saw the return of pubs and restaurants for al fresco service, while non-essential shops and gyms also reopened.

Step 2 also saw the return of beauty services such as nail salons and hairdressers, and the resumption of self-contained domestic holidays.

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Next on the roadmap is Step 3, which is scheduled to come into effect on Monday (May 17), when a raft of further restrictions will be eased.

However there is of course a chance the roadmap could be pushed back for a number of reasons, including if the vaccine programme is halted, if infection rates risk a surge in hospital admissions or if new coronavirus variants emerge.

May promises to be a bumper month if things do go to plan, with plenty of events and new restaurants to looks forward to.

For the full story on the upcoming changes, click here.

For more information on what you can and cannot do, click here.

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