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New £800 fines for people caught at house parties of more than 15 people are now in force.
The latest coronavirus laws are four times higher than the £200 penalty for flouting other restrictions.
But they have been widely mocked online including TV host Piers Morgan – who yesterday revealed his intentions to run for Prime Minister after a Daily Star front page.
Home Secretary Priti Patel was accused for condoning parties with up to 14 people last week after she announced the plans.
The new rules came into force at 5pm on Friday and will double with each offence up to a maximum of £6,400.
The Good Morning Britain host tweeted: “Does this mean house parties for 14 people are fine?”
Jonathan Pie, a news reporter character portrayed by comedian Tom Walker, added: “Breaking: House parties of up to 14 people are allowed.”
Meanwhile the £10,000 penalties for unlawful groups of more than 30 people will still only apply to the organiser.
According to the legislation, which has now been published and is called the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers and Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021, the £800 fine is cut to £400 if paid within 14 days.
As well as those in private dwellings, the rule also applies to similar gatherings in "educational accommodation", the documents setting out the new law said.
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Lockdowns are in force over most of the UK with fines for flouting other restrictions, still starting at £200 in England and Northern Ireland and £60 in Wales and Scotland.
Social distancing rules mean Brits should stay 2m apart if not from the same household or support circle, with some exceptions for children and practicalities.
In England, nobody can meet anyone from outside their household or support bubble indoors.
People can exercise with one other person in an outdoor public place, such as a park but not meet others socially.
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Similar rules apply in most areas in Scotland (the mainland and the isles of Skye, Bute, Arran and Gigha) under enhanced level four restrictions.
Children under 12 do not count towards households or numbers when meeting outside in Scotland.
Meanwhile in Wales you are currently not allowed to meet anyone outside your household or support bubble.
People living in Northern Ireland can meet outside in public places in groups of up to six people, from no more than two households.
Across the UK, there is also additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.
They are advised to limit the time they spend outside their home, and only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. They should not attend work, school, college or university.
- Good Morning Britain
- Piers Morgan
- Tom Walker
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