These are the fines for breaking new national lockdown rules as shops close - and how to report a Covid breach in Leeds

A new national lockdown takes full effect from Wednesday, January 6 at 0.01am - and it means police will be issuing Covid breach fines for breaking regulations, just as officers previously issued fines for breaking Tier 3 rules

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 3:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 3:20 pm
You can report a suspected breach of lockdown rules to West Yorkshire Police

The new national lockdown is similar to Leeds' previous Tier 3 lockdown. Pubs and restaurants cannot open their doors to customers and household mixing is banned.

In addition, hair salons, spas, gyms, and all non-essential shops must close from Wednesday.

People are also banned from meeting outside homes or in public at all. There is no 'rule of six' and you cannot meet another person from another household, save for a few key exceptions.

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If you break the rules the police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups.

The government guidance states: "This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

"You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

"If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000."

How to report a significant breach of Covid restrictions

West Yorkshire Police have created a form online to use to report any suspected coronavirus restriction breaches.

Businesses now face a hefty £10,000 fine for breaching self-isolation rules. Fines of up to £10,000 for people who fail to self-isolate have already been announced.

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove has warned that tough new coronavirus restrictions in England may have to remain in force until March.

His comments come as England entered its third national lockdown with stringent new controls, including closing schools to most pupils, in an attempt to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed by a surge in new infections.

What are the Covid new rules?

For a full breakdown of the rules, see here.

The rules include:

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person

go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home

exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one

seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)

attend education or childcare - for those eligible