Tough measures against not wearing masks

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Tough measures against not wearing masks

Number 10 have announced tough new measures against people not wearing masks, especially repeat offenders.

At present, those who refuse to wear a face covering in places where it is required face a fine of £100.

Similarly to parking fines, this is reduced to £50 if it is paid within 14 days.

However, under new measures, those who break face mask rules in England and repeatedly refuse to wear them may now receive increased fines of up to £3,200.

Fines will double with each offence.

This comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed further changes to the easing of lockdown restrictions in England.

Face masks are currently mandatory on public transport, and in shops in England.

Children under a certain age are exempt, as are people with certain medical conditions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus, but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent.

“That is why we are strengthening the enforcement powers available to use against those who repeatedly flout the rules.”

Home Secretary, Priti Patel added:

“Coronavirus remains a real and present threat to all of us and the majority of the British public are doing the right thing.

“I will not stand by and see these sacrifices undermined by a small minority of senseless individuals.

“These measures send a clear message – if you don’t cooperate with the police and if you put our health at risk, action will follow.”

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