South Yorkshire Police issue nearly 200 Covid fines for Tier 3 and lockdown breaches

Nearly 200 Covid fines have been handed out by South Yorkshire Police for Tier 3 and lockdown breaches.

By Claire Lewis
Monday, 16th November 2020, 1:15 pm

The force has issued a total of 186 since October 24 – 70 for breaches of Tier 3 restrictions and the remainder since the second national lockdown was introduced.

Superintendent Paul McCurry, overseeing the policing of rules aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus, said: “On the whole, we are seeing a fantastic level of compliance from people in South Yorkshire and the vast majority are sticking to the measures and doing what they can to prevent further spread of Covid-19.

“We are however, still seeing a few instances where people are not following what is being asked of them. We continue to work closely with local authorities to address these reports and continue to encourage people to do their bit to keep the infection rate down.

Police officers have issued nearly 200 Covid fines for Tier 3 and lockdown breaches

“Where there is a risk to public health, we will move to enforcement action to keep the wider public safe.

“The last thing we want is for lockdown measures to be in place longer than necessary. To do this, we need everyone to work together.”

The current lockdown is set to end on December 2 but one of the city’s heath bosses has warned that it is unlikely to be a ‘normal’ Christmas this year.

Susan Hird, consultant in Public Health at Sheffield City Council, said: “I think it’s unlikely to be a normal Christmas. I think that would be fair to say and I think most people wouldn’t expect Christmas to be completely normal.

“I don’t think we will know about what might or might not be allowed until much nearer the time. I think most people are prepared for it not to be totally normal.”

Discussions have taken place about the four nations of the UK taking a joint approach to Covid rules over Christmas.

A virtual meeting this week was the first of what UK ministers hope will be weekly meetings.

Cabinet office minister Michael Gove said they all recognised families across the UK ‘want to be able to see their loved ones this Christmas’.