Police officers have been given powers to issue people with penalty notices if they do not comply with social distancing measures designed to reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The government has made new public health regulations strengthening police enforcement powers in England.
To ensure people stay at home and avoid non-essential travel, from today, if members of the public do not comply the police may:
Individuals who do not pay a FPN under the regulations could be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.
If an individual continues to refuse to comply, they will be acting unlawfully, and the police may arrest them where deemed proportionate and necessary. However, in the first instance the police will always apply their common sense and discretion.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The Prime Minister has been clear on what we need to do: stay at home to protect our NHS and save lives. All our frontline services really are the best of us and are doing an incredible job to stop this terrible virus from spreading.”
In addition to the new powers, a package of support has been unveiled to boost police resources. Existing civil servants who are already volunteering as Special Constables are able to assist in the national effort to the greatest extent possible. Additionally, in recognition of their value and in order to increase capacity and resilience, the government has committed to relaxing tax and pensions rules that could deter officers nearing retirement and those recently retired from returning to serve.
The government is also speaking to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) about what more they can do to encourage the private security sector to support the national response.
The Home Office has been working with police and fire services to understand their requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) over the coming months. The National Police Chiefs’ Council has confirmed that police currently have a good supply and that it is overseeing distribution to forces but the government will continue to work with them to ensure that emergency service workers can get the equipment they need, when they need it, in order to carry out their jobs safely.
Individuals will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:
Participating in gatherings of more than two people in public spaces is not permitted except in very limited circumstances, for example, where it is for essential work purposes.
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