Coronavirus: Police get power to issue £60 fines or arrest Britons breaking lockdown rules


Britons breaking coronavirus lockdown rules can be arrested or fined £60 under new police powers.
Introduced on Thursday with immediate effect, the new powers will give police the means to ensure people stay at home and avoid non-essential travel.

If members of the public do not comply, police may:
* Instruct them to go home, leave an area or disperse;
* Ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking these rules;
* Issue a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days;
* Issue a fixed penalty notice of £120 for second time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence.

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.

“That’s why I’m giving the police these new enforcement powers, to protect the public and keep people safe.”