Police fine five after breaking coronavirus guidelines by hosting a birthday party
Police in Burwell have handed out five fines after they shut down a birthday party.
On Wednesday Cambridgeshire Police attended an address in Railway Close in the village at about 9.15pm as the party was in full swing.
Six adults and seven children, from four separate households, were in the property breaking social distancing guidelines introduced by the government a month ago to help limit the spread of coronavirus.
Officers handed out five fixed penalty notices, which could cost each person £60 if they do not pay early enough.
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "Please remember that we shouldn't be meeting up with friends at this time."
Last week police in Soham slapped fines on four people after they attended a garden party.
Earlier this month the National Police Chief Council and the College of Policing released a concise list of what is and is not allowed to do during lockdown.
The full list of 'reasonable excuses' to leave home include:
- Buying several days’ worth of food, including luxury items and alcohol
- Buying a small amount of a staple item or necessity (eg, a newspaper, pet food, a loaf of bread or pint of milk)
- Collecting surplus basic food items from a friend
- Buying tools and supplies to repair a fence panel damaged in recent bad weather
- Exercise, including: going for a run or cycle or practicing yoga.Walking in the countryside or in cities. Attending an allotment
- Driving to countryside and walking (where far more time is spent walking than driving)
- Stopping to rest or to eat lunch while on a long walk
- Exercising more than once per day - the only relevant consideration is whether repeated exercise on the same day can be considered a ‘reasonable excuse’ for leaving home
- A key worker or other essential worker travelling to work where it is not reasonably possible to work from home
- A non-key worker or non-essential key worker travelling to work where it is not reasonably possible to work from home
- A person delivering food packages to vulnerable people
- Taking an animal for treatment
- Moving to a friend’s address for several days to allow a ‘cooling-off’ following arguments at home
- Providing support to vulnerable people
What is not considered a 'reasonable excuse' to leave home:
- Buying paint and brushes simply to redecorate a kitchen
- Driving for a prolonged period with only brief exercise
- A short walk to a park bench, when the person remains seated for a much longer period
- A person who can work from home choosing to work in a local park
- A person knocking on doors offering to do cash in hand work
- Visiting a vet’s surgery in person to renew a prescription (where this could be done over the phone)
- Visiting a friend in their address or meeting in public to socialise
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