Bristol news The number of COVID-19 breaches reported since Rule of 6 started MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The figures are for across the whole of the Avon and Somerset with 38 coming from the Bristol area

Bristol news The number of COVID-19 breaches reported since Rule of 6 started MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The figures are for across the whole of the Avon and Somerset with 38 coming from the Bristol area

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17 September 2020 - 05:40

Breaking News ! There have been 119 reports of people breaching coronavirus regulations since the rule of six came into effect in Bristol and Somerset. The reports have emerged across the Avon and Somerset Police area, with, with 38 coming from Bristol alone. The new laws forbid social gatherings of more than six people across England. A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: "National guidance for police forces from the College of Policing was only circulated on (Tuesday, September 15) and so no enforcement specifically relating to the new rule took place until it had. "That said, officers continued our approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging and would still have taken enforcement action in relation to the existing regulations in the same way they have done since they were introduced." They added that "since the rule came into effect at 12.01am last Monday", they received 119 reports of people breaching coronavirus regulations. However, they said the reports related to all regulations, not just the Rule of Six and no fixed penalty notices have been issued. The "rule of six" will stop groups of more than six people meeting indoors or outdoors (Image: Getty) What is the rule of six? The new rules will apply to all ages, to gatherings indoors and outdoors, in private homes, public outdoor spaces and venues such as pubs and restaurants. Who does it apply to? Legal exemptions to the six person rule apply. These will permit certain gatherings in any number, for example where your household or support bubble is larger than six, where gatherings are for work or education purposes, or where parenting is being shared across multiple households. Further exemptions also apply, such as for weddings, funerals, and organised team sports in a Covid Secure way. The full list of exemptions have been published on gov.uk. What happens if you break the rule of six? In terms of enforcement, 150 people are to be summonsed to court for failing to pay fines issued for breaching Covid-19 regulations. A total of 362 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued across the Avon and Somerset force area since the regulations came into force in March. The majority of people have paid their fines but more than 40 per cent of cases have been referred to magistrates as they remain unpaid after 28 days of being issued. FPNs issued before May 13 were £60, but fell to £30 if paid within 14 days. Any fines issued after May 13 are £100, but fall to £50 if paid within 14 days.

. Among those due to appear at court are: a 29-year-old man issued with an FPN for travelling from Essex a 34-year-old man issued with an FPN for travelling to and back from Torquay a 30-year-old woman issued with an FPN for attending a house party a 29-year-old man issued with an FPN for repeatedly visiting people in their homes where he did not live Read More Related Articles Bristol coronavirus cases: All areas in and near Bristol record rise as latest figures released Read More Related Articles Priti Patel says family members should not stop and chat in the street because it breaks Rule of 6 Chief Constable Andy Marsh, of Avon and Somerset Police, has praised the public for their heroic efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 but urged people to continue following the regulations in place to protect their loved ones. He said: “The new law reducing the size of gatherings from 30 to six people is clear and I hope people will continue to abide by the regulations as diligently as they have done. I’ve been enormously heartened by the response of our communities so far in tackling this dreadful virus but we must not become complacent; there is still more work for all of us to do. “We’ll continue to be out in our communities engaging, explaining and encouraging people to do the right thing but, as we’ve always said, we will not be able to police our way out of this situation and we will use the enforcement available to us should we need to. Andy Marsh Chief Constable speaking at Tree planting ceremony for Bijan Ibrahimi who was murdered 4 years ago (Image: Michael Lloyd) “Demand for our services is now getting back to expected levels after a fall at the start of lockdown, meaning we’ll have to prioritise our resources based on the threat, harm and risk each incident or report presents. “Any group larger than six risks being dispersed by officers or fined for non-compliance but I hope it doesn’t come to that too often and people will work with us to ultimately protect themselves and others.” See the crime rates in your neighbourhood, powered by In Your Area : The Chief Constable continued: "Throughout this pandemic we’ve always looked to engage with the public, explain the regulations and encourage them to act responsibly. “We’ve never wanted to issue people with fines but there have been times, mainly when people have wilfully ignored our requests to do the right thing, when enforcement has been necessary. “Everyone has a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19 but it’s clear there are a minority who, even after having been issued with an FPN, refuse to take responsibility for their actions which ultimately risks increasing infection rates. “The regulations aren’t in place to punish people, they are there to save lives and anyone who refuses to pay a FPN issued for breaching coronavirus regulations can expect to end up in court.” Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: “Over the past few months I have been continually impressed by the determination and commitment of individuals, families and communities across Avon and Somerset who have made many sacrifices to reduce the spread of the virus. Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens (Image: Dan Regan) “As the coronavirus regulations continue to fluctuate, it is inevitable that we will all continue to have questions and concerns in the coming weeks. I hope that this change in regulations brings clarity for our communities. “The recent increase in cases is a stark reminder that we must all continue to be cautious, act with common sense and ensure that our sacrifices so far do not go to waste. “I continue to be impressed by how officers have dealt with the policing of the pandemic and I fully support their approach to engage, explain, encourage and if necessary, enforce the regulations. “As we have seen throughout lockdown, this approach has been successful and I am sure local people will continue to work with the police to help reduce the number of coronavirus cases in our communities. “Although there has been a small minority who continue to ignore the guidance and risk a rise in coronavirus cases, I would like to thank the majority of local people who observe the regulations that are in place to keep us all safe. “Together, we must take personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our communities from the virus, I urge you all to remember that by following the regulations, we are all making a difference.”

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