People who repeatedly ridicule rules on wearing face coverings could be fined up to £3,200 under tough new rules for England.
Failing to wear a mask in places like stores and on public transport carries a fine of £100 at present, which is decreased to £50 if paid inside two weeks. That £100 fine isn’t being increased.
But under new measures in the coming weeks, repeat offenders will see their fine increased on each repeat offence, with a maximum penalty of £3,200. That means someone who offends three times will be fined £100 the first time, £200 the second time and £400 the third time.
However, No 10 has given no date for the change.
Meanwhile, people hosting raves or other unlawful functions of more than 30 people can be slapped with £10,000 spot fines, amid a wave in house parties during the lockdown.
Yet there are mounting questions about how the penalties will be imposed.
On public transport, where masks have been compulsory in England since June 15, there have been only 33 fines reinforced so far, but new constraints came as the Prime Minister declared lockdown easements that were suspended earlier this month could go ahead from Saturday, such as close contact beauty treatments and wedding gatherings.
The moves were suspended from August 1 due to concerns about a slight rise in the number of people in England testing positive but that now seems to have levelled off, and Boris Johnson stated that most people in the country are following the rules and doing their part to control the virus, but that we must remain focused and cannot become complacent.
And that was why they were strengthening the enforcement powers available to use against those who repeatedly flout the rules, and he’s said that at every stage he has said that their plan was to reopen society and that the economy is conditional and that it relies on continued progress against the virus.
And that now, they’re able to announce further reforms which will enable more people to return to work and the public to get back to more of the stuff they’ve missed. However, he said that he will not hesitate to put on the brakes if needed or to continue to implement local measures to help control the spread of the virus.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said she wouldn’t let progress in stopping the virus to be threatened by a small minority of foolish people, and she said that the measures convey a distinct message – if you don’t cooperate with the police and if you put your well-being at risk, action will follow.
From August 15, beauty salons will be able to resume services such as facials, eyebrow threading and eyelash tinting.
Salon staff will have to wear a face mask as well as a visor, following changes in scientific advice.
Wedding parties for up to 30 guests will be allowed, in the form of a sit-down meal.
Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and soft play centres will be able to reopen.
Indoor theatres, music and performance venues will be able to reopen their doors to a socially distanced audience, and pilots of sporting events with spectators will return, starting with the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre over the weekend.
These modifications won’t apply in specific regions where local constraints are in place.
And how can someone be penalised for something that isn’t law? There is no punishment without law and no one can be held liable of any criminal offence on account of any or breach which didn’t constitute a criminal offence under national law at a time when it was committed.
Nor shall a more substantial fine be forced than the one that was relevant at the time the criminal offence was perpetrated, and some officers have now questioned how the new law will be implemented, allowing people to be fined £100 for refusing to wear face coverings.
And any law would put added pressure on officers who are already being stretched to the limit, and to expect the police to patrol the supermarket aisles, looking for shoppers not wearing a face covering, is nonsensical and unfair.
They just don’t have the resources, and this would basically undermine the model of policing, which is to police by consent.
Of course, there will be times where the police will have to get involved, but this shouldn’t come as a shock to anybody, and police officers have more than enough to deal with by policing the pandemic and reacting to the countless other calls they get.
And if a storekeeper calls the police because someone hasn’t got a mask on, they haven’t got the capability to restrain them, so that person can just walk away, and now we’ll have police driving around looking for people who aren’t wearing a mask, and it’s utterly ridiculous.
Face masks are a frightful imposition, and criminal negligence continues. Shopworkers come into contact with many different people so are more inclined to be contagious than most.
And then people become bad at sustaining physical distance when they’re required to wear a face mask.
Then you have to remember that policemen are only civilians in uniform. They’re not members of a disciplined regime working just at the Government’s request.
The police have no power to force Minister’s preferences, only legal regulations, which don’t go anything like as far as the Government’s guidance.
This is what a police state is like. It’s a state in which the Government can issue orders or express preferences with no legal power and the police will enforce minister’s wishes.
And it’s time to remind ourselves that, despite the Secretary of State for Transport saying that the wearing of face masks on public transport is compulsory, there’s currently nothing in legislation, neither the Coronavirus Act 2020 nor the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, that enables a police officer to force a UK citizen to wear a mask on public transport.
However, there’s been an unbelievable mass of medical and scientific conclusion that not only do masks do nothing to prevent the spread of SARs-COV-2, but that non-medical masks of the kind we’re being encouraged to wear on public transport by the Government, which is apparently a life-saving tool, can compromise the wearer by increasing the risk of infection, either through a build-up of the expired virus on the inside of the covering or by increasing the frequency of hand to face contact while applying, adjusting and removing the covering.
It may further reduce the wearer’s intake of oxygen, although evidence is inconclusive. Although apparently, it can cause headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath or worse.
Making such guidance mandatory, therefore, may be in violation of Article 1 of the Human Rights Act 1998, where everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law, and given the widespread association of face coverings with subservience, both historically on prisoners and slaves and in contemporary cultures, it may also infringe Article 3: ‘No one shall be subjected to degrading treatment’.
And, given the importance of proof of the political motivation for making face coverings compulsory, and in the absence of definitive scientific evidence backing this decision, it may further infringe Article 14: ‘Enjoyment of rights and freedoms without discrimination on grounds of political opinion’.
And it’s hard to take advice or guidance from anyone, namely Boris Johnson who ended up flouting the rules and ended up contracting coronavirus, and then so blatantly supported and defended his advisor who not only broke the same rules but also lied horribly trying to defend the indefensible.
It seems as this is just plain old simple fascism, there’s no disputing it. This is all about control and has precious little to do with the virus, and fines appear to be the Tory response to everything.
And who does Boris Johnson think is going to implement these penalties? And how often are the police able to impose these fines? When the police are already stretched dispensing with other offences, they can’t possibly take this on as well, and all I can see is utter chaos.
What’s this Government going to do next? Put everyone into internment camps. Liberty and freedom are just an illusion – pay your taxes, do as you’re told or go straight to jail.
So, this is the latest from Boris Johnson, at a time when we need a true leader as Prime Minister but instead, we have a babbling, blathering clown having a mid-life crisis. Who hardly wears a mask whilst conjuring up mega-fines towards Britons for not wearing a mask.
But this is what happens when you elect a populist government. They only do what they believe is going to be popular, and everything that they’ve done has been reactive, not proactive.
Nothing is thought through – no joined-up thinking, just contradiction and chaos, and they couldn’t organise a how-do-you-do in a house of ill repute.