New England coronavirus rules: The full list of lockdown breaches you could be fined for

Anyone found guilty of breaching lockdown rules will be handed heavy fines as England heads into a second national lockdown.

From Thursday, November 5, fines as high as £6,400 for repeat breaches could be handed out under new coronavirus rules and laws.

Until early December, England’s three-tier system will be shelved for a stricter national lockdown to try and repress the spread of Covid-19.

For around four weeks, non-essential shops will close but schools and universities will remain open unlike the previous lockdown in March, Chronicle Live reports.

Indoor household mixing is strictly prohibited for the most part but the support bubble system remains, and you can meet others in limited circumstances – for example outdoors.

Here is a full list of reasons you can be fined under the new coronavirus lockdown rules in England, compiled by the  Daily Star Online.

Meeting family and friends indoors or in a private garden

From Thursday it will be illegal to meet anyone not in your household in a private garden or indoors.

Households should not mix indoors or in a garden unless they are part of your support bubble.

A support bubble is where a household with one single adult joins another household of any size.

Fines for anyone caught in breach of rules on household mixing start at £200.

Meeting more than one person in a public space

You can still meet one person from another household for exercise or to visit an outdoor public place.

Children who are under school age, as well as those who are dependent on round-the-clock care, who are with their parents, don’t count towards this limit.

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Outdoor places include parks, beaches, countryside, public gardens and playgrounds.

Anyone found in breach of this rule will face a fine of £200 for the first offence, doubling up to a maximum of £6,400 for further offences.

Fines for organising large gatherings are much higher.

Staying at a second holiday home

Those in England have been told to stay at home, except for a limited number of reasons.

This means overnight stays and holidays away from your primary residence are not allowed.

There are exceptions, for example, if you need to stay away for work purposed.

Failing to self-isolate

If you are told to self-isolate as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with someone with coronavirus symptoms, or have been told to do it by NHS Test and Trace you must do so.

Those who put someone else’s life in danger by leaving could face a fine of £4,000.


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You may also be fined £1,000 if you have tested positive, and given false information about your close contacts to NHS Test and Trace.

Penalties also apply to people who fail to quarantine for 14 days after returning home from a country on the UK’s quarantine list.

During the nationwide lockdown, people shouldn’t travel unless for essential reasons, such as work.

Not wearing a face covering

Brits are asked to wear a face-covering in settings where it’s not always possible to keep a two-metre social distance.

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For example, those who visit essential retailers such as supermarkets should wear one, unless exempt.

If you do need to use public transport, for example for work purposes, you should also wear a face mask.

You should also wear one in a setting where you meet people you “wouldn’t normally meet”.

Fines start at £200, doubling at each offence.

Businesses that aren’t supposed to be open

Businesses who are ordered to close due to national restrictions risk being fined up to £10,000.

The government has ordered all non-essential retail, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, entertainment venues and personal care facilities to close.

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods can stay open.