All the reasons you can be fined during England’s national lockdown
England has entered a new national lockdown, which means you should only leave your home for a specific number of reasons.
Strict new rules were introduced after it was revealed that one in 50 people are now thought to have coronavirus.
The government has outlined the new restrictions, which involve not mixing with people outside your household or support bubble, and the closure of non-essential shops.
The restrictions are now part of the law, which means those who flout them face fines of up to £6,400, Somerset Live reports.
First offenders will receive a fixed penalty notice of £200, which doubles on each offence up to a maximum of £6,400.
Here is a full list of reasons you can be fined
Being out of your home without a reasonable excuse
During lockdown you are allowed to leave your home to shop for essential items, medical appointments, once a day for exercise, to escape injury or harm and provide support for vulnerable people.
If you are caught outside without a reasonable excuse you can be fined £200 for a first offence.
Allowing other people into your home
You shouldn’t mix with anyone outside your household, support bubble or childcare bubble indoors.
You can still meet one other person from a different household outside, but only for exercise.
Anyone caught with additional people in their property will be fined.
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Non-essential businesses still trading
Under the newest lockdown, non-essential businesses were told to close.
Essential businesses include supermarket and pharmacies.
Non-essential businesses that must close include clothing and homeware stores, betting shops, electric goods shops and hospitality venues.
If you are considered non-essential and continue to operator, you could be fined up to £10,000.
Attending or organising an illegal gathering
A number of illegal raves and gatherings have already been broken up by police.
The organisers of these events could be fined up to £10,000.
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Not wearing a face covering
Wearing a face covering on public transport and in shops is written into law.
You must wear them unless you are exempt, or you could be fined.
Meeting people outside
You can only meet one other person outside your household outside – and only for exercise.
You can’t meet up for any other reason, or you could be fined.
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