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US News Coronavirus police powers: Full details of what officers can do to enforce lockdown in England

21:10  26 march  2020
21:10  26 march  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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The police have been given sweeping new powers to remove people from the streets, shut down businesses and issue on-the-spot fines in order to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

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Legislation published on Thursday laid out the enforcement powers officers in England will be able to use to stop people flouting the official advice announced by Boris Johnson this week.

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It raises the prospect of people being forcibly returned home and fined up to £1,000 if they disobey instructions given by the police.

When do the powers come into force?

The powers officially came into force at 1pm on 26 March, shortly before they were published by the Home Office. They must be approved by Parliament within four weeks of the end of the Easter recess, which began on Wednesday.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock must review the regulations every three weeks, and withdraw any provisions which are no longer needed, but there is no specified end date.

Jenny Harries, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, suggested some elements could stay in place as long as half a year - she said: "Overall we are looking at a scenario of over a six-month period but not necessarily with a lockdown of this level going on throughout that time. We are likely able to raise some of the measures as we go forward and keep in a very controlled pattern."

What can the police do?

Police have new powers to disperse gatherings of more than two people.

Officers and PCSOs can order all retail businesses to close unless they are providing an essential service such as groceries, food delivery, newsagents, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, hardware stores, dry cleaners and pet supply shops.

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They can tell anyone who leaves their home "without reasonable excuse" to return immediately - and those who resist can be taken whom with the use of "reasonable force".

If they come across a gathering of more than two people who are not from the same household, police can order them to disperse and use force if necessary.

What are the exceptions?

Anyone can leave the house for the reasons set out by the Prime Minister on Monday: to buy food or medical supplies, provide care to the vulnerable, to go to work if they need to, or to exercise.

You are also allowed to go out in order to donate blood, attend court, take a child from one parent to another, or to go to the funeral of a close relative. You may attend a friend's funeral only if none of their relatives are able to go.

There is also a clause allowing people to move house if it is "reasonably necessary". Gatherings are permitted only for "essential work purposes", funerals, house moves, legal proceedings or caring.

What if I refuse?

There is an escalating system of on-the-spot fines to punish those who refuse to comply with the regulations.

The fine for a first offence is £60, which is halved to £30 if you pay within two weeks. For a second offence there is a £120, then £240 for a third offence, £480 for a fourth offence and £960 for any subsequent infringements. The discount for swift payment does not apply after the first offence.

Priti Patel said: "All our frontline services really are the best of us and are doing an incredible job to stop this terrible virus from spreading. That’s why I’m giving the police these new enforcement powers, to protect the public and keep people safe."

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading - here is what you can and can't do. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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