Maximum fine for not wearing face coverings could be as high as £3,200 for repeat offenders under new laws
Tougher measures for those breaking coronavirus restrictions will be introduced ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.
It could lead to fines of more than £3,000 for people who are repeatedly failing to wear a facemask when required.
Under the new rules, which begin on Friday (August 28), fines for not wearing a facemask when mandated start at £100 and double for each following offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council has warned that forces in England and Wales will continue to increase patrols heading into the bank holiday weekend.
New rules have also been introduced for those planning raves over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Fines of up to £10,000 for those organising illegal raves in England will come into force as authorities also clamp down on unlawful gatherings.
Police across the country have seen a surge in unlicensed music events in recent weeks, including in Yorkshire where 200 people flocked to an illegal rave at Kirkstall Nature Reserve in Leeds.
Boris Johnson said that new fines were to be introduced for those hosting raves when he announced a further easing of England’s lockdown last week.
People facilitating or organising illegal raves, unlicensed music events or any other unlawful gathering of 30 people or more may face a £10,000 fine.
Participants can continue to be issued with fines of £100, while those who have already been fined will also see the amount double on each offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “These gatherings are dangerous and those who organise them show a blatant disregard for the safety of others.
“I am pleased the police have already stepped up their response and I am giving them the tools they need to continue to keep us safe.
“We will continue to crack down on the small minority who think they are above the law.”