Further fines issued for breaking COVID-19 Secure

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
24th December 2020

As part of the comms they tweeted, “officers had to issue our second £10,000 fine for an office party in the City last week. Please don't put yourself and others at risk of catching COVID19: stick to the rules and socially distance, even in the festive season.”

With the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also highlighting the continuation of spot checks and inspections during the month. Northamptonshire Police have also recently issued £10,000 fines to the organisers of two house parties for breaking COVID rules and Thames Valley Police have also issued fixed penalty notices to around 40 people attending a party in Slough.

With Tier 4 restrictions now in place for London, parts of the South East and Midlands, as well as a primarily mixed tier 2 and 3 picture elsewhere, we are also seeing “tier migration” occurring as people look to bend/break the rules. For example, North Yorkshire Police issued over 160 fines to people from tier 3 areas who were caught drinking in pubs and bars in tier 2 York, last weekend.

The fines for breaking the social contact rules for people over 18 include:

  • £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days; and
  • £400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

The Government have also provided updated guidance on traveling during Christmas and this can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#:~:text=People%20aged%2018%20or%20over,maximum%20of%20%C2%A36400