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CORONAVIRUS: 30 fines issued during first weekend of lockdown

Wednesday 13th January 2021

THIRTY fines have been issued during the first weekend of lockdown in Kent.

Officers were called to breaches at the ports, people failing to isolate, gatherings and people making unnecessary trips into the county.

Seven people attempted to cross the Channel at the weekend without valid reasons and were finded.

Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix said: “Unfortunately, there are still some people who think it is acceptable to throw parties, gather outside in large numbers or commit other serious breaches of Covid-19 regulations.

“Holidays within the UK and abroad are also prohibited unless for permitted reasons and, despite this advice, 7 people attempted to cross the Channel at the weekend without valid reasons and were fined as a result.

“The Government has been very clear that the best way to protect everyone is to stay at home as part of this third national lockdown and no one should be attempting holidays or breaching other rules, not just for their own protection but to prevent the spread of the virus.

“I am urging all Kent residents to visit the government website and know what is acceptable at this time. Anyone who is permitted to travel abroad should also obtain a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure. Anyone who turns up at the ports without one will also be turned away.

“It is also unacceptable that officers around the county are still finding some individuals organising or attending house parties with no regard for the seriousness of this pandemic.”