The PSNI currently has a host of options at their disposal
Health Minister Robin Swann has called for people who repeatedly flout Covid rules to be jailed, urging the Executive to give careful consideration to the matter.
Currently, there are a host of enforcement options being deployed by the PSNI.
Here is a breakdown of what each penalty means:
Community Resolution Notice (CRN): The lowest form of enforcement, in this instance an individual receives a warning.
COV4: Formerly categorised as COV1, these penalty notices can be issued to those 18 and over for a number of reasons, such as indoor or outdoor gatherings breaching the allowed maximum number of people. Fines start at £200, which will be reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days.
COV2: The PSNI say that in effect this penalty amounts to a ‘warning’ for the purposes of stopping a person from continuing to breach the regulations. This category of enforcement is broken into two types of prohibition notices: Penalties issued to commercial premises such as shops, hotels and licenced premises; and the other is issued for restriction of gatherings in private dwelling.
COV3: This category covers those who fail to isolate and will cost those who flout the rules a £1,000 fine.
COV5: These fines can now be issued to a business and/or premises as required for breach of the regulations, starting at £1,000 to a maximum of £10,000. Officers can impose this penalty for a number of offences including not closing a business or premises as required, breaching the early closing requirements for hospitality and not implementing measures to maintain social distancing or participating in a large gathering/unlicensed music event.