(FiveNation.com)- British people could face a fine of £3,200 (around $4,000 USD) if they are caught not wearing masks in public, where the government mandates they should be worn. British authorities are gearing up to put fines in place for people who do not wear masks on public transport and in supermarkets.
The new fines were announced by Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, along with various other enforcement measures. Under the plans, new fines will be introduced for people caught hosting unlawful gatherings of more than 30 people. What’s more, sports and business events will be allowed to resume, wedding receptions for up to 30 people will be able to take place, and bowling alleys, casinos, and skating rinks will also be allowed to reopen.
So it’s not all bad news.
“Fines for repeatedly not wearing face coverings where mandated will be significantly increased in the coming weeks, and on the spot fines for hosting or facilitating illegal gatherings of more than 30 people will be introduced,” the government announced.
The British government initially tried to avoid lockdown by encouraging people to take precautions on a voluntary basis, but as attendance of public events and gatherings at pubs didn’t seem to be slowing down, lockdown was imposed from March. In recent weeks, the British government has begun relaxing the rules and allowing people to attend restaurants, pubs, cinemas, and shopping centers.
It is, however, necessary to wear masks in shops and for owners of shops to take a series of extra precautions to try and slow the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. Visit any shopping mall in the United Kingdom and you’ll be met with lines outside every single store.
“Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus, but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent,” Prime Minister Johnson said. “That is why we are strengthening the enforcement powers available to use against those who repeatedly flout the rules.”
“At every stage I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is condition and that it relies on continued progress against the virus,” he added. “Today, we are able to announce some further changes which will allow more people to return to work and the public to get back to more of the things they have missed. However, as I have always said, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measures to help control the spread of the virus.”