Man who visited friend for a cup of tea is issued with £200 Covid fine as part of second lockdown restrictions

A MAN has been fined £200 after breaking Covid lockdown rules to visit his friend for a cup of tea.

Cops issued a fixed penalty notice to the unnamed man at a property in Lowton, near Wigan in Greater Manchester on Friday night.

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Under the current lockdown measures, people are not allowed to meet family or friends indoors unless they are part of a support bubble.

Cops said they issued the man with a fixed penalty notice, the Manchester Evening News reports.

After realising what he had done, police said the man "tried to lie about why he was there".

Cops from Greater Manchester Police's Golborne and Lowton team said: "As a follow on from yesterday's post reminding you we are currently in Lockdown 2.0 as they say and under Government restrictions, a fixed penalty was issued to a male last night who decided he was going to see his mate and have a brew with him and to make matters worse he tried to lie about why he was there (sic).

"You cannot go to another person's address unless for certain exemptions i.e. child care, support bubble etc. full details are available online (sic)," GMP said.

England entered a four week strict lockdown on November 5.

Brits have been told to stay-at-home and all non-essential retail has been forced to close.

All bars, pubs and restaurants have also been forced to shut.

People in England can be fined £200 for leaving their home without a reasonable excuse.

The fine will double for every breach of the rules up to a maximum of £6,400.

The offender could end up with a criminal conviction if they refuse to pay.

Those who do not wear face masks where it is compulsory such as public transport, shops and supermarkets could also face fines.

People can still be hit with a £1,000 fine if they are caught not self-isolating when they have been ordered to do so.

Home Office officials say that those who refuse to accept on-the-spot fines will be arrested and taken to court.

In total, 20,223 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) have been issued between March 27 and October 19, according to the latest data from the National Police Chiefs' Council.

In England, 17,451 fines have been handed out compared to 2,772 in Wales.

Also, in England, 65 fines have been given out in areas under Tier 1 restrictions (Medium), 79 in Tier 2 (High) and 124 in Tier 3 (Very High).

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