Fines of up to £3,200 for repeatedly not wearing a mask have been announced by Boris Johnson alongside eased lockdown measures for bowling alleys, casinos, skating rinks and beauty salons.
The prime minister says he wants to ease lockdown rules to help people get back to work and enjoy things they have missed – but there will be tougher penalties for repeat offenders who flout the rules.
The maximum fine for not wearing a mask is to be doubled from £1,600 to £3,200 and fines of up to £10,000 are planned for “senseless” people who host or organise illegal raves that put lives at risk.
But at the same time, the PM says lockdown rules will be eased to allow:
- Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos to reopen for the first time as well as indoor play and soft play centres
- Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers in England