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People in Southport who are caught breaking social distancing rules face big fines under new rules announced last night. 

Fines for refusing to wear a mask could reach a maximum of £3,200 and illegal rave organisers face a £10,000 penalty.

Fines for repeatedly not wearing face coverings where mandated, including public transport, shops and supermarkets, will be significantly increased in the coming weeks.

On the spot fines for hosting or facilitating illegal gatherings of more than 30 people will be introduced.

The announcement comes as more businesses will be allowed to reopen from this weekend, including play centres, bowling alleys and casinos.

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More detail on the new enforcement measures will be set out in the coming week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last night: “Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus, but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent. That is why we are strengthening the enforcement powers available to use against those who repeatedly flout the rules.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Coronavirus remains a real and present threat to all of us and the majority of the British public are doing the right thing.

“I will not stand by and see these sacrifices undermined by a small minority of senseless individuals.

“These measures send a clear message – if you don’t cooperate with the police and if you put our health at risk, action will follow.”

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