The UK government is cracking down on party-goers during the national lockdown, imposing fresh fines of up to £800 for anyone caught attending illegal house parties.
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced the new fines which has now risen to £6,400 for repeat offenders. She also refused to rule out further measures if the general public continue to flout the rules.
The new fines apply to any gatherings of more than 15 individuals. £800 apply to first offence, rising to £1,600 for second offence, £3,200 for third offence and rising up to a maximum of £6,400 for further offences.
The new fines come in as Covid 19 deaths rose and more new cases reported as worrying study showed that the start of the lockdown has failed to drive down cases like before.
Boris Johnson warned that the new coronavirus strain is “much more contagious” and went on to say “I think it’s too early to say when we will be able to lift some of the restrictions.”
“We’ll look then (February 15) at how we’re doing but I think what we’re seeing in the ONS data, in the React survey, we’re seeing the contagiousness of the new variant that we saw arrive just before Christmas – there’s no doubt it does spread very fast indeed.
“It’s not more deadly but it is much more contagious and the numbers are very great.”
He said it is “absolutely crucial” to obey the current restrictions “in what is unquestionably going to be a tough few weeks ahead”.