The latest data published by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) shows a total of 68,952 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued by forces in England and Wales between 27th March 2020 and 14 February this year.

The NPPC said over 70% of all coronavirus fines, including 63,201 in England and 5,751 in Wales, were issued to males.

Table 1: FPNs issued under coronavirus regulations, by gender, between 27th March 2020 and 14th February 2021 in England and Wales.

The figures also show that over 70% of all coronavirus notices were handed to people aged between 18 and 35.

Mass Gathering Fines

Some 272 £10,000 fines have been issued to organisers of gatherings of more than 30 people, including private parties, protests and illegal raves, in England, with three in Wales.

Business Fines

A total of 582 fines were handed to businesses up to 14 February this year. Common reasons for these fines include refusing to close during lockdown and refusing to enforce face coverings.

Face Covering Fines

For face coverings, a total of 2,344 fines were issued between 15 June and 14 February this year, including 456 on public transport and 1,888 in relevant spaces such as retail settings, according to the NPCC’s figures.

The Chairman of the NPCC Martin Hewitt said: “We are still in a really dangerous stage of a pandemic which has killed more than 120,000 people. Eleven months on and back into a national lockdown, the rules are really clear, and so it is frustrating that we still have a small number of completely defiant and irresponsible people who have no regard for the safety of themselves or others.”

Mr Hewitt added: “We are still seeing people threatening to infect officers with the virus and coughing or spitting on them. This is disgusting and anyone who does this can expect to be arrested and prosecuted.”

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