Police: Coronavirus

Home Office written question – answered on 12th October 2020.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers police officers have relating to right of entry to private property in order to enforce covid-19 rules in the event that there are grounds to believe that those rules are being broken.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The police are satisfied that they have the necessary powers of enforcement in place.

Although there is no specific power of entry for the police under the coronavirus rules, there are circumstances where other powers of entry may apply. For example if a serious crime is taking place inside a property or the police need to enter to arrest someone.

The police will continue to engage, explain and encourage compliance and will also issue fixed penalty notices for breaches of Covid regulations.

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