Police chiefs across England have warned those who are considering holding a New Years’ Eve gathering, or a party could be fined between £100 to £10,000.
The police have said that parties and large gatherings “should not be happening” on New Year’s Eve as most of England has been plunged into Tier 4.
National Police Chief’s Council Chair, Martin Hewitt, said, “Restrictions on social gatherings and certain businesses remain in place across all tiers.
“Large gatherings and parties should not be happening. We ask anyone thinking of attending or organising one not to do so.
“Those who blatantly ignore the regulations should expect to receive a fixed penalty notice and we’ll target our resources towards those who commit the most serious breaches and put others at risk through their behaviour.”
Commander Paul Brogden of the Metropolitian Police said, “The public can expect to see officers deployed across the capital, supporting communities and focusing strongly on the few people intent on breaching and ignoring the guidance put in place to keep everyone safe.
“Officers will also be paying attention to parts of London that are experiencing the highest infection rates.’ ‘Failure to cancel such events, like unlicensed music events, will likely see the organiser facing a very significant fine.”
He added, “Although the New Year is almost upon us, now is not the time for complacency or to meet with others and hold parties of any kind.”