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Short Update: New public health regulations strengthen police powers in England to reduce the spread of coronavirus

FairTrialsAdmin - April 7, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences, Extended police powers

On 26 March 2020, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations") came into force. It will expire after 6 months.  

Under the Regulations, individuals may only be allowed to leave their homes for very limited purposes. If they do not comply, the police have the power to instruct them to go home, to issue a fixed penalty notice of £60, and a fixed penalty notice of £120 for second time offenders.  

Failure to comply with the social distancing restrictions set out in the Regulations is also a criminal offence, and punishable on summary conviction by a fine.  

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