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CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY POWERS
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020
If a person commits an offence of failing to comply with any such direction or restriction imposed on them without reasonable excuse, officers will consider an appropriate disposal.
COV2: Cov2 in effect amounts to a ‘warning’ for the purposes of stopping a person from continuing to breach the regulations and are broken into two types:
• COV2 Prohibition Notice are issued to commercial premises so can be given to a shop, hotel, licensed premises.
• COV2 Prohibition Notices are issued for Restriction of Gatherings in a private dwelling
COV3: Cov3 is a Failure to isolate (£1,000 fine)
COV4: With effect from 17:30 on 12th November, 2020, COV1 fines are no longer issued. COV4 replaced COV1. This is because penalty levels have increased and additional offences have been introduced. Fines now start at £200. The £200 penalty amount will reduce to £100 if paid within 14 days.
COV5: COV5 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.
These can be issued to a business or premises for a number of offences including but not exclusive to not closing a business and/or premises as required, breaching the early closing requirements for hospitality and/or related contravention, not implementing measures to maintain social distancing and/or related contravention or organising, operating or participating in a large gathering/unlicensed music event.