Hundreds of fines for violating Covid laws were imposed by police during the week of the Downing Street garden party during England’s first lockdown.
Scotland Yard has announced that it is in contact with the Cabinet Office at number 10 regarding the May 20, 2020 allegations.
In England and Wales in the week of 15.
While a full breakdown of the reasons for the imposition of the fines is not available, the vast majority of enforcement actions would have related to violations of movement and congregation restrictions.
According to the figures, 118,963 fines were processed by the police between March 27, 2020 and December 16, 2021.
Coronavirus rules had changed a week before the party as the government warned it was considering tougher enforcement measures for anyone who breaks the rules.
On May 28, 2020 England fines for lockdowns increased to £ 100 and could be imposed on anyone suspected of violating restrictions on movement during the coronavirus outbreak.
While anyone found violating the law would have their first fine reduced to £ 50 if paid within 14 days, the penalty doubled for each repeat offense to a maximum of £ 3,200.
The existing laws known as Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 have been updated to reflect the changes.
At the same time, the government released a 50-page document setting out its Covid-19 recovery strategy for England, which said it would “look into stricter enforcement measures for non-compliance”.
The document states that the higher fines “reflect the increased risk for others of breaking the rules when people return to work and school”.
Laws in force at the time still required people to have a reasonable excuse to leave their homes for harm ”.
Changes in the law also allowed people to pick up orders from shops and other businesses that were allowed to stay open or dropped off at waste and recycling centers.
According to the law, people were only allowed to meet one other person outside of their own household in public spaces or for sports.
Government ministers urged people not to visit relatives and friends in their own homes or gardens.
The guidelines issued at the time stated that people could spend time outside except exercising, as long as they didn’t meet more than one person outside of their household while observing social distancing measures by staying within two meters.