Saturday 7 November 2020 9:24 AM UTC
LONDON Nov 7: People in England who leave their homes without a ‘reasonable excuse’ can now be fined £200 as tough second lockdown restrictions come into force.
The fine will double for every breach of the rules up to a maximum of £6,400 and could result in a criminal conviction if the offender refuses to pay. Limited reasons for going out include work when you can’t do so at home, exercising, seeking medical attention and buying food.
Going on holiday and mixing indoors with other households during the lockdown, which is due to end on December 2, are among the breaches that could land you with a penalty. But there are a number of loopholes that could make life more bearable – from ordering takeaway pints to swimming outdoors.
Government officials are attempting to get the public to comply in a desperate bid to reduce the number of coronavirus cases. It has been claimed up to 4,000 people a day could die by Christmas– but others say the graphs used ‘could be wrong’.
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