Brits to be fined the first time they’re caught without a face mask in lockdown

Police will fine Brits the first time officers catch them without a face mask or leave home in lockdown without a reasonable excuse.

Anyone caught roaming the streets without a mask could be slapped with a £200 fine for their first offence, Scotland Yard revealed on Thursday.

In a lockdown crack down, officers will be able to to take a tougher stance on members of the public flouting strict Covid rules.

Fines start at £200 but will double upon further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

Anyone holding an illegal gathering of more than 30 people risk a police-issued £10,000 fine, an arrest if they refuse to shut down, or court upon multiple offences.

London's Metropolitan Police aid cops would attempt to "engage, explain and encourage" Brits before enforcing the rules but warned fines will be issued if all else fails.

The force added: "Those not wearing masks where they should be and without good reason can expect to be fined – not reasoned with."

In situations where people are "committing obvious, wilful and serious breaches" fines will be issued more quickly.

Under current laws, Brits must wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, such as shops and supermarkets, as well as on public transport and inside taxis.

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The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation also said Brits who claim to be medically exempt from wearing a mask will now need to provide written evidence if caught without one.

Ken Marsh said: "If you have a medical reason for not wearing a mask, you now have to print off a clarification that proves you have an exemption.

"This is a problem we've had all along, that before anyone could say they had a medical reason for not wearing a mask and we'd have to just accept it and walk off.

"That isn't the case now."

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