Fine for breaking 'rule of six' to double to £200

The amount people can be fined for breaking the ‘rule of six’ or not wearing a face mask is to double to £200, the prime minister has said.

It comes amid a rise in coronavirus cases. A month ago, on average around 1,000 people in the UK were testing positive for coronavirus every day. The latest figures have almost quadrupled to 3,929.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Boris Johnson said: ‘These rules, these measures will only work if people comply. There is nothing more frustrating for the vast majority who do comply, the law-abiding majority, than the sight of a few brazenly defying the rules.

‘So these rules will be enforced by tighter penalties.

‘We’ve already introduced a fine of up to £10,000 for those who fail to self-isolate and such fines will now be applied to businesses breaking Covid rules.

‘The penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the ‘rule of six’, will now double to £200 for a first offence.

‘We will provide the police and local authorities with the extra funding they need – a greater police presence on our streets and the option to draw military support where required to free up the police.’

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