Pub owners that break new coronavirus rules face £10,000 fines under new plans


Pub and restaurant owners in England who break strict new coronavirus rules face fines of up to £10,000.

From Monday, businesses that fail to abide by Government rules could be slapped with £10,000 penalties or closed down as new rules were enshrined in law.

Boris Johnson unveiled a raft of new lockdown measures on Tuesday as he told MPs that the UK was at a “perilous turning point” in its battle with coronavirus.

He said large penalties for people who flout orders to self isolate would be extended to businesses that do not obey the rules from Monday.

Under new laws, pubs, restaurants and bars will have to close at 10pm from Thursday and will only be allowed to offer table service.

Boris Johnson announced a raft of new lockdown measures in the Commons on Tuesday

From Monday, the leisure and tourism businesses such as casinos and bingo halls will also have to abide by the 10pm closing time rule.

Hospitality staff and customers will also have to wear masks from Thursday – except when punters are sitting down to eat and drink.

Face coverings will be mandatory for shop workers from Thursday.

The penalty for failing to wear a mask and breaking the “rule of six” will also double to £200 for the first offence.

Mr Johnson said it was frustrating for the majority of people who obey the law to see some people “brazenly defying the rules”.

He told MPs:” These rules and measures will only work if people comply. There is nothing more frustrating for the vast majority, the law-abiding majority that do comply, than the sight of a few brazenly defying the rules.

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“So these rules will be enforced by tighter penalties.

“We have already introduced a fine of up to £10,000 for those who fail to self-isolate and such fines will now be applied to businesses breaking Covid rules.”

Further guidance on the new rules is expected to be published in the coming days.

It comes after the Prime Minister announced fines for people who refuse to self-isolate if they have tested positive for the virus or been in close contact with an infected person.

Anyone flouting two-week quarantine rules after returning from abroad would also face a penalty.

The fine begins at £1,000 but would rise to £10,000 for repeat offenders and cases of blatant non-compliance.

Meanwhile, the low-paid will get £500 so they can isolate at home.





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