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Five Fixed Penalty Notices issued for COVID breaches

by Alison Cornmell

Merseyside Police is continuing to take enforcement action against those flouting lockdown rules.

Over the weekend, five golfers were issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (a fine of £200 each) for using Bowring Park Golf Course, which is currently closed due to lockdown restrictions.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said “The rules can’t be clearer – stay at home unless it is for essential purposes such as to attend work or school. Bowring Park Golf course is closed in order to adhere to the current lockdown rules, so not only having the five golfers breaking lockdown rules, they are also trespassing on the course. I’m astounded that at the current time, when our COVID rates remain high, that people think they can break the rules and get away with it. Thankfully, our police colleagues responded quickly and issued Fixed Penalty Notice to those breaking the rules. Hopefully this gives out a clear warning that the rules are there to be followed and action will be taken against those breaking them.”

The current lockdown restrictions, which can be found in full on the Government’s website, mean that you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart). Exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).