All four UK countries are under strict Covid-19 restrictions (Picture: Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

It’s important to know what the fines are for breaking the government’s Covid-19 restrictions during lockdown.

The UK is under a blanket ‘stay home’ policy’ following a surge in coronavirus cases due to a mutant variant of the disease.

It was revealed by Home Secretary Priti Patel during a press conference on Tuesday that almost 45,000 fines have been handed out to Covid-19 rule-breakers across the UK.

So, what are the rules for both tiers, and what fines could you incur if you break them?

What are the lockdown rules in England?


The UK is urged to stay at home where possible (Picture: Getty)

The lockdown rules for England are currently as follows:

  • Stay at home, except for essential reasons including caring responsibilities, essential shopping, exercise and being a part of a extended household
  • You can only meet one person from outside your household for exercise, and you must remain socially distanced at all times
  • ‘Non-essential’ shops and businesses, such as clothes shops and pubs, have had to close their doors.

What are the lockdown rules in Scotland?

Scotland has its own lockdown rules, which came into effect on January 5.

The rules are as following:

  • Stay at home, except for essential reasons including caring responsibilities, essential shopping, exercise and being a part of a extended household
  • You are only be allowed to meet one other person from a different household outside in a public space
  • No one is allowed to exit or enter Scotland during the lockdown
  • Places of worship will also close during this period, except for broadcasting, funerals, civil service ceremonies and weddings
  • Non-essential shops and businesses must close

What are the lockdown rules in Wales?

Wales is in a national lockdown at alert level four.

The rules for the country are as follows:

  • You must stay at home, except for very limited purposes including caring responsibilities, essential shopping, and exercise
  • You must not visit other households, or meet other people you do not live with, unless they are in your support bubble
  • Wedding receptions and wakes are not allowed
  • Non-essential shops and businesses must close

What are the lockdown rules in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland went into a six-week lockdown began on Boxing Day – which is legally enforceable, meaning police can order people to return home.

The lockdown rules include the following:

  • Closure of all non-essential shops, including garden centres and homeware stores
  • No click-and-collect services, apart from supermarkets
  • Closure of hair and beauty salons
  • Hospitality businesses open only for takeaway and delivery
  • Leisure and entertainment venues must close
  • Off-licences must close by 8pm
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals limited to 25 people – wedding receptions not allowed 
  • Churches can open for communal service
  • Elite sport allowed behind closed doors

What are the fines for breaking lockdown rules?


You are encouraged to report rule-breakers to the police (Picture: Getty Images)

If you are caught breaking the rules by meeting in large groups – such as a house party – you could be handed an £800 fine under UK law.

The fine for each subsequent offence would double up to a maximum of £6,400.

You cannot exercise outside of your ‘local area’, as two women were slapped with a £200 fine for meeting up five miles away from where they live. However, the government has not defined what constitutes as your ‘local area’, since Prime Minister Boris Johnson was spotted cycling more than seven miles away from his home.

Those found to be holding a gathering of more than 30 people against the rules will be fined £10,000, as is the case across the country.

The fine for breaching self-isolation rules starts at £1,000.

Also, anyone caught travelling in or out of Scotland during lockdown may receive a £60 fine.

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Plus, from January 15, anyone wishing to travel to the UK will have to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of flying before leaving their country of departure – failure to do this will land you with an immediate £500 fine.

Additionally, Gov.uk states: ‘Businesses and venues that fail to comply with these restrictions may face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution, or in some cases closure.’

The rules are enforced by ‘Covid marshalls’ and police officers, who patrol parks, shops, train stations, and public hospitality venues to ensure that the rules are being followed.

They can hand out on the spot fines, and also disperse groups that are breaking the rules.

If you spot others breaking the rules, then the government encourages you to report it to the police.

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