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Lincolnshire Police have published guidance video on new coronavirus restrictions

A leading Lincolnshire Police officer is asking people to take personal responsibility and follow new restrictions which come into effect next week.

Chief Insp Pat Coates says that officers will only enforce the new restrictions as a last resort.

From Monday (September 14), groups of no more than six people from different households will be allowed to meet socially, indoors and outdoors, including private households.

Chief Insp Pat Coates (42219090)
Chief Insp Pat Coates (42219090)

Chief Insp Coates says: "Please take personal responsibility and follow the new law and guidance.

The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

There are a number of exceptions to the law which are:

  • where everyone lives together or is in the same support bubble, or to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents
  • for work, and voluntary or charitable services
  • for education, training, registered childcare, or providers offering before or after-school clubs for children
  • fulfilling legal obligations such as attending court or jury service
  • providing emergency assistance, or providing support to a vulnerable person
  • for you or someone else to avoid illness, injury or harm
  • participate in children’s playgroups
  • wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, or for other religious life-cycle ceremonies - where up to 30 people will be able to attend
  • funerals - where up to 30 people will be able to attend
  • organised indoor and outdoor sports, physical activity and exercise classes
  • youth groups or activities
  • elite sporting competition or training
  • protests and political activities organised in compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance and subject to strict risk assessments

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