Coronavirus: Police now have the power to issue £60 fines or arrest those breaking the lockdown rules

The police now have new powers to make sure and ensure people stay at home and avoid non-essential travel.

Those breaking the coronavirus lockdown rules can be arrested or fined £60.

The new police powers were introduced on Thursday with immediate effect enabling the police to enforce lockdowns to ensure people stay at home to 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 the 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.

If you do not pay the fines you could be dragged before the courts were they can impose unlimited fines.

If you are stopped often by the police and refuse to comply, the police can now arrest you.

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.