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Coronavirus Fines To Rise To £100 From Wednesday After Lockdown Rules Relaxed

Coronavirus Fines To Rise To £100 From Wednesday After Lockdown Rules Relaxed

It comes as the Government announced a change to current measures

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

Coronavirus fines will rise to £100 ($123) this week after the UK government announced a relaxation in lockdown rules yesterday.

Following on from Boris Johnson's speech last night (10 May), the Home Office has confirmed the level of fines will increase from this Wednesday (13 May).

First time offenders will receive a £100 penalty, though it will be halved if it is paid within 14 days.

The fine will double with each offence, and those found to be persistently breaking the rules could be slapped with a fine of up to £3,200 ($3,900).

Currently, the fine for breaking the rules is £60, halved to £30 if paid within 14 days. More than 9,000 fines have been issued since the measures were introduced.

This comes as the Prime Minister told the country that current lockdown measures were to change this week, with Mr Johnson highlighting the new slogan 'stay alert, control the virus, save lives'.

The updated rules include:

  1. Stay at home as much as possible
  2. Work from home if you can
  3. Limit contact with other people
  4. Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  5. Wash your hands regularly
  6. If you or anyone in your household has symptoms, you all need to self-isolate
Boris Johnson has announced a relaxation in the lockdown measures.
PA

Sharing a tweet about the new rules earlier in the day, the 55-year-old PM wrote: "Everyone has a role to play in helping to control the virus by staying alert and following the rules. This is how we can continue to save lives as we start to recover from coronavirus."

The previous message from the Government was that everyone should 'stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives'.

It advised people that the only reasons to leave the house were: to shop for 'basic necessities or pick up medicine', to travel to work when you 'absolutely cannot work from home', to exercise once a day, alone or with members of your household and finally, 'do not meet others, even friends or family'.

In a pre-recorded speech, which was aired at 7pm last night, Mr Johnson also told the nation that unlimited outdoor exercise will be allowed from Wednesday and schools could reopen from June.

He did however stress: "If there are outbreaks, if there are problems, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes.

"Because although we have a plan, it is a conditional plan.

"And since our priority is to protect the public and save lives, we cannot move forward unless we satisfy the five tests.

"We must protect our NHS. We must see sustained falls in the death rate. We must see sustained and considerable falls in the rate of infection.

"We must sort out our challenges in getting enough PPE to the people who need it, and yes, it is a global problem but we must fix it."

Featured Image Credit: PA