Three people were hit with coronavirus fines by police officers after they were caught having a barbecue at a South Cheshire property.
Police officers issued three fixed penalty notices after a barbecue was held at a house in Crewe over the weekend.
Now Cheshire Police has revealed that they handed out more Covid-19 fines last weekend than they did in the month of December.
Officers say a total of 58 coronavirus fines were issued last weekend across the county as a result of ‘blatant’ breaches of the rules.
In comparison, only 21 fixed pentalty notices were issued across the county in December.
Most of them related to parties and gatherings, while vehicles were also stopped carrying multiple people who were not from the same household or from the Cheshire area.
And four fines were issued in Warrington at a children’s birthday party, for which one person had travelled from Birmingham to attend.
Officers are now urging residents to stay at home and stick to the rules.
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims said: “We have been living with some form of restrictions for around 10 months now and we have had to make incredible sacrifices in order to keep the ones we love safe.
“The majority of people living in Cheshire have been sticking to the rules in place and I would like to thank them for doing so.
“However, there is a minority who continue to blatantly and repeatedly flout the rules in place. This is not acceptable.
“Our officers will continue to engage, explain and encourage but when they are met with these persistent rule breakers who have no regard for the safety of others, we must do what we can to protect the NHS and save lives.”
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Under the national lockdown people are only allowed to leave their home for essential reasons, including to shop for basics, to exercise, to go to work if you can’t from home or to escape risk of harm.
Exercise must be done alone, with members of the same household, support bubble or childcare bubble (for children under the age of 13).
Residents can also meet with one other person who is not a member of a support bubble or same household for exercise in a public outdoor space.
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims added: “With the new variant of the virus it is now more important than ever that we follow the restrictions in place and do all we can to stop the spread.
“The guidance is clear about staying at home. In Cheshire, we are lucky to have a great amount of green spaces and beauty spots but if we are exercising, we must do our best to keep it local.
“Officers will do their job in keeping you safe and, in turn, we need you to follow the rules and stick to the guidance, which is in place to help protect you – and others.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “With the new variant being more transmissible than the variant we knew before, we must do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus, protect our NHS and save lives.
“The majority of people in Cheshire have followed the restrictions which have been in place over 10 months now but we must continue to make great sacrifices in order to protect those in our communities from harm.”