The Home Secretary, Priti Patel has announced that those “who refuse” to do the right thing and hold house parties will be fined £800 from next week.
The fine will double to £1,600 on a repeat offence up to £6,400, and a house party is defined as a gaterhing of 15 or more at a property.
The Home Secretary said at a Downing Street breifing, “The science is clear. Such irresponsible behaviour poses a significant threat to public health. Not only to those in attendance, but also to our wonderful police officers who attend these events to shut them down.
“From the outset, we have given the police the necessary powers to enforce the rules which are in place to stop the spread of this virus. And as these latest measures will demonstrate, we will not stand by while a small number of individuals put others at risk.”
Martin Hewitt the chief of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said, “While that infection can’t be directly linked to that event, I think what it does do is put in perspective the dangerous nature of policing.
“Even with the adequate PPE that we provide to our staff, this is risky.”
He added, “These are just a few examples, where our officers are not only exposing themselves to the risks of Covid, but in some cases are also facing abuse and physical assault from those who are willfully breaching the regulations and endangering all of those present.”