Police in England can order people to leave a property if they are breaking new coronavirus laws – but do not have powers to forcibly remove them.It is now a crime to stay at someone else’s home overnight, or to hold gatherings of two or more people indoors or more than six people outdoors, under new legislation. Officers can fine rule-breakers and arrest them if they do not co-operate. The laws came into force to coincide with lockdown restrictions being eased. Gatherings of as many as six people from different households can now take place outdoors – such as in parks or gardens – in England, so long as people remain 2m apart. In Wales, people from two different households can meet each other outdoors. Groups of four to six people who are not in the same household can meet outdoors in Northern Ireland. And in Scotland members of two different households are already allowed to meet outdoors.
- What are the latest social distancing rules?
- Police issue 17,000 fines for lockdown breaches
- What powers do the police have?
- to attend a close family member’s funeral
- in order to facilitate moving house
- for work, care or voluntary purposes
- for a child to stay with a parent/parents they do not live with, if it is “necessary to continue existing arrangements”