MERSEYSIDE Police fined 61 people across the region at the weekend for breaking the new coronavirus rules.
The force vowed to take action if residents failed to adhere to restrictions which came into place on Saturday.
The ‘vast majority’ of people in Merseyside, including Sefton, were, however, praised by police who ‘did their bit to keep family, friends and neighbours safe’.
People who break Covid rules risk a £200 fine, which could increase to a maximum of £3,200, while organisers of gatherings can be fined as much as £10,000.
The number of fines rose sharply from the 37 issued the previous weekend before the new, more stringent rules, were announced.
Chief Inspector Karl Baldwin, said: “The vast majority of people across Merseyside have done the right thing and they are doing what they physically can to keep their loved ones safe.
“The Liverpool city region is currently in a really precarious position in relation to the potential spread of Covid-19 and special measures have been brought in for the area due to the sharp rise in positive tests across the county.
“Sadly, there have been some people who have blithely ignored the restrictions and through their own stupidity and recklessness they have put themselves and others at risk.
“We will maintain our common sense approach in the days and weeks ahead, encouraging the people our officers meet on patrol to respect the restrictions and explaining to people why they are so important. Continued inside
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“Where people are flouting the restrictions we will take action. Our officers are out on the streets to make sure that the people of Merseyside understand the restrictions and are abiding by them.
“I would appeal to our communities to adhere to the guidance to keep your loved ones and ours safe.
“The safety of vulnerable people in Merseyside and our key healthcare workers should be everyone’s priority and I hope everyone now understands the risks to themselves and others of not listening to government advice.
“In order to return to normality as soon as possible, we need to work together and follow that advice.”
Among the fines handed out at the weekend were ones for rule-breakers at house parties in Liverpool. A venue in the Baltic Triangle was also issued with a fine after failing to adhere to guidelines to keep customers safe.
You can report any matters concerning COVID-19 and the current legislation by Tweeting @MerPolCC or through Merseyside Police’s website https://www.merseyside.police.uk/.
If you have information on criminality, anti-social behaviour or events and gatherings, contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The new rules mean that across the Mersyside region it is now illegal to meet with any other household in any indoor setting, including a private home, a pub, bar or restaurant - with private garden mixing also banned.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Tighter restrictions such as these have been rumoured to be necessary for some time and unfortunately we are now at a critical stage of this epidemic.
“The steep increase in cases locally over recent days has caused deep concern and demonstrates why we must all be cautious, act with common sense and follow the new rules.
“We must all take personal responsibility to halt the impact of this virus.”