William Eichler 23 December 2020

York council issues warning after police hand out ‘shocking’ number of COVID fines

City of York police have issued what they describe as a ‘shocking’ number of fines to tier 3 residents who visited the city last weekend.

Local policing teams made visits with City of York Council COVID support marshalls and enforcement officers to a number of licensed premises on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Over the weekend police have processed 61 tickets issued in York alone, with 55 being handed to tier 3 residents in breach of their tier regulations. Officers have also stated that there are over 100 more tickets in the pipeline, awaiting paperwork completion and processing.

Responding to the news, Cllr Denise Craghill, executive member for safer communities at City of York Council, said: ‘We want people to enjoy York safely and in line with Government rules. You should not travel across tier boundaries and in York, tier 2 restrictions must be followed: meet only your household or your bubble, or up to six people outside.

‘Please remember to continue to wash your hands, wear a face covering and give each other 2 metres space. No one in the city wants to put loved ones at risk for the sake of a night out and undo the city’s hard work and sacrifice.’

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