Dorset Police could fine you £120 for ignoring the lockdown

Dorset Police could fine you £120 for ignoring the lockdown

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 28th March 2020.

Dorset Police have been given emergency powers to enforce government restrictions.

Parliament has passed the powers on to the police to prevent further spread of coronavirus, help the NHS and save lives.

Under the guidelines, you can only leave your home under the following circumstances:

  • Shopping for basic household necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise a day - for example, a run, walk or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where you cannot work from home

Gatherings of more than two people are also banned, unless you are with members of your household or in very limited circumstances.

As a consequence of not following the restrictions you could be fined £60 (lowered to £30 if paid within 2 weeks). The penalty will double for each subsequent offence.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said:

“I am reassured and satisfied that we have adequate powers to deal with the threat of this emergency situation and can enforce the new rules.

“We have shifted resources and created capacity across our Force to ensure we have enough officers to enforce these new powers. Our officers and staff are proactively patrolling our communities, stopping people and vehicles to ensure people are not flouting these restrictions. So far I am reassured with the response from our public in Dorset, who in the main are taking sensible steps and are adhering to the advice.

“I have confidence that people understand the importance of these restrictions. We have responsible and practical communities who I am sure will comply for the good of all.

“We must all do our part to pull together and protect our loved ones, our friends, colleagues and neighbours. These powers are in place to save lives. Please stay at home.”