What police in South Yorkshire say you should and shouldn't do during coronavirus lockdown

The Government’s order for people to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus is pretty clear, and you can now be fined for breaching the regulations.

Friday, 3rd April 2020, 12:28 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 12:29 pm

But there is concern that the emergency rules are being interpreted and enforced differently by police forces across the country.

To help clear up any confusion, here’s what police in South Yorkshire are telling police they can and can’t do while Britain remains on lockdown

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Police at a coronavirus checkpoint on London Road in Sheffield

It says people should:

Stay at home, and only go outside for food, health reasons or work if necessary, or to exercise once a day

Keep your distance and stay 2m (6ft) from other people

Do one weekly big shop, rather than regular smaller shops

Exercise near to your home, don’t travel to parks or the seaside

Exercise alone, not with friends who don’t live with you

South Yorkshire Police adds that it has the power to:

Disperse gatherings of people

Remove you from a gathering and take you home

Close any premises which are non-essential but remain open

Issue fines

Anyone caught flouting the rules can now be fined £60 for a first offence, and South Yorkshire Police has encouraged members of the public to report any suspected breaches online.

The force has also been setting up coronavirus checkpoints across the region, where they are stopping people to ask why they are out.

South Yorkshire Police says people are largely complying with the rules and, although hundreds of people have been stopped, no fines are believed to have been issued yet.