Second lockdown: Everything you can face a fine for as England shuts down again
7th November 2020

BORIS Johnson has thrown England into a tough new lockdown and Brits can be fined as much as £10,000 for breaking the rules.

The national shutdown, set to end on December 2, means people have to stay at home as much as possible and not meet up with people outside their home.

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For leaving your home without a good reason

People can be fined a huge £200 for leaving their home without a good reason.

That can rise to as much as £6,400 if people rack up multiple fines.

But there are a number of reasons which let Brits legally leave their house.

You can leave your home if you are going out to exercise and there is no limit on how long you can spend outdoors to keep fit.

If you can't work from home or are a key worker you do not need to stay at home.

Schools and universities are also still open, so anyone going our for educational purposes, or to take your kids to school, will not be fined.

Seeking medical help or donating blood, or accessing support groups and mental health services are all listed in the Government's regulations as a good reason for leaving your home.

And if you are leaving to escape harm – such as in cases of domestic violence – you also will not be fined.

Ban on gatherings of multiple households

You are allowed to meet up with someone not from your household outdoors, but this has to be one-on-one.

And you can't meet up with people in private gardens either.

People in single households or where there is only one adult can join a "support bubble" with one other household and meet them indoors or even stay overnight.

There is an exception for parents caring for kids under school age or who require constant care.

But otherwise, if you attend a gathering of more than two people from different households – or if you are meeting indoors you can also be fined.

Cops can give out penalties starting at £200 for breaking the rule.

The fines are even steeper for anyone who hosts a gathering.

Hosting a gathering

It is illegal to organise a gathering of more than 30 people which takes place indoors or in a private home.

That includes anything that takes place in private gardens.

Police can hand out massive £10,000 fines for anyone found to have hosted a gathering.

There are a select few exemptions including funerals of no more than 30 people and weddings, of only 6 people, for Brits who are seriously ill or dying.

There is also a carve out for Remembrance Sunday and commemoration events can still take place as long as they are outdoors and appropriately social distanced.

Going on holiday

International travel has been banned for the duration of England's lockdown.

And it was announced last night Brits flouting the rules and trying to flee lockdown can be fined.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced fines starting at £200 and ramping up to £6,400 for repeated jetsetters.

You are allowed to leave the country if you are doing so for work or educational purposes.

Anyone who returns from a country not on the UK's quarantine-free list will also be fined £1,000.

Not self isolating

If you or someone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus you must self isolate.

You must also do so if you have been told by NHS Test and Trace that you are a close contact of someone with coronavirus.

If you have symptoms yourself you must get a swab and unless you test negative you have to stay home for 10 days.

Anyone who shares a household with someone with coronavirus symptoms must also self-isolate for 14 days, or unless they test negative.

Brits contacted by the contact tracing service must also follow the 14 day self isolation period, unless the NHS tells you otherwise.

Hefty fines start at up to £1,000 and can reach £10,000 for repeat offenders.

These tough penalties were brought in before lockdown was introduced.

You must close your business – unless its essential

You can be fined as much as £10,000 for keeping your business open when you've been told to close.

Pubs, bars, restaurants, non-essential retail, beauty salons, leisure centres and gyms have all been told to close until December 2.

Pubs, bars and restaurants are still able to sell takeaway food – and booze can be sold if ordered over the internet or by phone.

But if you break the rules, the fines start at £1,000 and jump to as much as £10,000 if you keep refusing to close your business.


 

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