This is how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in Hertfordshire for breaking Covid rules

Hertfordshire Police urge people to play their part and follow the government guidelines

Monday, 8th March 2021, 11:03 am
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 11:04 am

Hertfordshire Police has issued 449 Covid-related fixed penalty notices (FPNs) since the first lockdown began, including 11 to people for not wearing face masks.

The data, which comes from the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) also shows three people in Hertfordshire have been fined for holding gatherings of more than 30 people.

The vast majority of these FPNs were issued for contravening local movement restrictions as well as breaking rules in relation to how many people could meet up outdoors during lockdown.

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Here's a breakdown of the FPNs issued by Hertfordshire Police between March 27, 2020 and January 17, 2021:

> Business Regulations: 7

> International travel regulations: 8

> Face coverings regulations (public transport & relevant place): 11

> All Tiers Regulations (including January lockdown): 88

> No.4 regs (November national lockdown): 47

> Hold a gathering of more than 30 people: 3

> Local COVID19 alert levels: 10

> No.1, No.2 and local lockdown regulations: 275.

Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls, of Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “The vast majority of people in Hertfordshire have been doing the right thing and respecting the coronavirus regulations throughout the pandemic and I thank them.

"We have responded to some blatant breaches over the last 12 months, and issued fixed penalty notices where appropriate, and our patrols will continue as lockdown rules remain in place.

“The schools may be returning, but we’re not out of the woods yet, and we’re working with council COVID marshals, environmental health and trading standards officers, patrolling hot spots to encourage people to follow the restrictions, including wear face coverings where needed and not to gather in large numbers.

"It’s not long to wait until we can all enjoy time with friends and family, let’s just get through the next few weeks as lockdown gradually eases, all playing our part and doing the right thing.”

Nationally, 1,068 FPNs have issued under face coverings in a relevant place regulations over the months. The most active police force has been West Mercia, which has issued a quarter of the notices to date - 209 out of 1,068 - for individuals not wearing face coverings.