Tougher police fines to crack down on illegal gatherings

Tougher measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions will come into effect on Friday, 28 August ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Those facilitating or organising gatherings of 30 people or more may face a £10,000 police fine as the government seeks to deter breaches that put the public most at risk.

Police fines of £100 can also be issued to those who participate in illegal gatherings, including unlicensed music events and large-scale parties. Those who have already received a fine will see the amount of doubled on each offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.

Moving into your new student residence can understandably feel like a reason to celebrate, and we want you to enjoy this time, but please be avoid participating in any large gatherings or meetings with multiple households that could put you at risk and breach the current social distancing guidelines.

You should also be aware that police fines for not wearing face coverings where required will also increase for repeat offences, starting at £100 and doubling to a maximum of £3,200.

It is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport, and in many enclosed public spaces including shops, supermarkets and high street outlets unless you are exempt on the grounds of health or disability.

The latest information on the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and updated advice and guidance for students can be found on the FAQs page of the website.

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