Tougher penalties for those that break lockdown

Police need to be tougher on those not observing the lockdown rules. Far too many people are going on 50+ mile cycles, having pool parties and groups of youths still gathering.

Why the contribution is important

This would end lockdown sooner and allow us all to return to some sort of normality.

by Ally1987 on May 06, 2020 at 02:01PM

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Based on: 45 votes


  • Posted by borisj May 06, 2020 at 14:20

    gets my vote
  • Posted by cedartower May 06, 2020 at 14:23

    Stricter enforcement although penalties that are too strong could be seen as overly draconian.
  • Posted by ryantravers May 06, 2020 at 14:29

    We need to get back to normal and live with the fact that life is not risk-free.
  • Posted by rosewifie May 06, 2020 at 14:32

    no more penalities. We're being turned into a police state with neighbours clyping on neighbours. Get back to freedom instead.
  • Posted by StevieMorrison May 06, 2020 at 14:33

    I agree with this. Ploice need ti be more active at enforcing the lockdown.
  • Posted by student19 May 06, 2020 at 14:36

    I agree as friends of mine who live near Parks and open spaces send me images of young people in groups not obeying the Stay at Home advice, also not so young people and elderly friends too !! If you had a Police or Community officer handing out fines, or a SHAME board or pictures.. it may dissuade people.
  • Posted by Movy May 06, 2020 at 14:38

    Since the R number is coming down very slowly and deaths/infections remain at surely unacceptably high levels, I feel the current lockdown, if anything, hasn't been strong enough. Emerging countries, for example Spain, are only now, after a much more stringent lockdown, coming out to a lockdown somewhat similar to the one we currently 'enjoy'. Until the R number is down, certainly below 0.5 - lower if possible - coming out of lockdown seems crazy and, if it cannot be strengthened, we actually need the current, never mind any lighter, lockdown more robustly policed. Fines related to income should be imposed. Why are stores like B&Q allowed to open? Are they essential? Have they got robust procedures in place to protect customers and staff, some of whom are compelled to work? The SG should legislate urgently to allow inspection of opening premises and their immediate closure should adequate precautions to protect staff and customers not be in place. Where possible - and noting that we have neither fiscal nor border control - we should take steps at our borders under Health grounds to ensure protection of the Scottish poplation. Masks should be readily available and everyone should be expected to wear one in public at all times - with fines imposed on those who do not comply. Staff in supermarkets, bus drivers, train drivers etc. must be provided with masks and other robust equipment if we're serious about expecting people to work without endangering themselves or their families. It should be recognised that children MAY not suffer so badly from C19 but they can carry the infection into their famiies to say nothing of the adults who are involved in school or in school runs. (That child syndrome which may be related to this virus has emerged in NY I note.) If we don't do this, the R number will stay unacceptably high with the possibility of a severe second spike which could well prove disastrous. I never thought I would wish heavier policing but I believe it is necessary until this pandemic is under control globally and a vaccine or robust treatment is readily available.
  • Posted by libbydale May 06, 2020 at 14:44

    What i do not want is people taking it uponthemselves to police this. I saw a man on a bike standing on a bridge over the A1 with a video camera filming the traffic. My son a minor with additional support needs was in the front seat as we were legitametly traveling to a safe space for him to exercise. This sort of behaviour is disgusting.
  • Posted by VanillaCat May 06, 2020 at 14:46

    Yes tougher penalties so people actually follow the advice. Essential means essential
  • Posted by codenamev May 06, 2020 at 14:56

    yes let's lock up the sunbathers for life in prison and also the bench sitters, fishermen, illegal golfers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts, dog walking should be banned. i firmly support spending the next year at least, confined to my home in order for public safety. Freedom for Scotland all day every day ! What a wonderful time to be alive !!
  • Posted by Tgc80 May 06, 2020 at 15:02

    We need enforcement of the rules. Unfortunately there are too many selfish people out there who are not following guidelines at all. I see them everyday. Neighbours sitting with their grandchildren who do not live here in my shared garden... so many people in my town sharing similar stories... it all adds up to more deaths.
  • Posted by Villager1 May 06, 2020 at 15:09

    Yes. From my apartment window I see many not following lockdown. I see no enforcement at all in my town.
  • Posted by AnnLang1 May 06, 2020 at 15:16

    Tougher lockdown measures More police to patrol
  • Posted by maryh May 06, 2020 at 15:48

    What police? haven't seen many of them recently, this is not North Korea
  • Posted by MKGK May 06, 2020 at 16:03

    I think it would be good to explain to people that they are responsible for making sure they themselves observe the rules. They are not responsible for other people - far too many people are getting stressed out about the behaviour of others, when they may not be aware of the circumstances of other people. Folk need to calm down and focus on what they do have control over. We may need to take different decisions, depending on circumstances. What happened to #bekind?
  • Posted by Ginakeenan May 06, 2020 at 17:26

    I agree. Fine them realistic money instead of £30
  • Posted by MaryDee May 06, 2020 at 17:32

    Support this. The stricter the lockdown the more successful it will be and the quicker we will get rid of Covid 19. It is not only selfish but foolish to break the rules and ignore the lockdown measures which are there for everyone's own good.
  • Posted by NH May 07, 2020 at 19:26

    I am tired of seeing people in our street who just don't bother about restrictions. Today I saw 4 people from different households just standing right next to each other on pavement chatting for ages. Another man is in and out like a yo-yo jumping into cars with his pals and his girlfriend regularly visits. It's not fair on those who are actually following the rules. If everyone was willing to comply we could all get past this faster. If people are too ignorant to comply, there needs to be some enforcement.
  • Posted by CHill May 07, 2020 at 23:36

    A penalty of £30 with each breach is too low. Repeated non-compliance fines should go up like the virus spreads - exponentially. More each time to focus the mind on the consequences. Thanks.
  • Posted by Eng48 May 08, 2020 at 15:29

    Draconian or not Life is more important than death and I believe the fines are far too low. I don't want a police state either but if there is no penalty then people will just ignore/break the rules and we will end up never coming out of this - vicious spiral
  • Posted by FM79 May 09, 2020 at 11:21

    Police resource should be focused on actual crimes, not checking how many times someone has left their house in a day or whether they are out in their car for a drive or to go to tesco. If people who are worried about the virus are staying at home and following the rules why care if others aren't following the rules, you are safe are you not? it's not your problem if others aren't. I'd much rather the police (who I'm sure are also operating with less resources as they are human and will have vunerable and self isolating people within their numbers) focus on real crimes like thefts, murders, assaults, domestic violence etc. as pretty sure covid19 hasn't stopped real crimes happening
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