The police have issued two £1,000 fixed penalty notices to the organisers of two gatherings that broke Covid-19 restrictions.
On Saturday, October 31, officers were called to a wedding reception in Northaw near Potters Bar which had an estimated 100 people in attendance.
The restrictions during lockdown mean that only 15 are allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions.
As well as this – on Sunday, November 1 in the early hours – officers were called to a music event in a location off London Road in Hemel Hempstead.
It was estimated that 50 people were in attendance and officers seized music equipment and dispersed the gathering.
On Tuesday this week (November 17) both the Northaw venue and the organiser of the music event were fined £1,000 respectively, in relation to the breaches.
Those in attendance at both events were dispersed with individual warnings at the time.
Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls, who is leading the Constabulary’s response to the virus, said: “Since these events took place, we have entered a second lockdown which is clear evidence that we need to continue to do all we can to prevent further spread of this deadly virus. The grave truth is, these restrictions are in place to save lives.
“There will be a time in the future when we can enjoy weddings, parties, concerts and gatherings unfettered by social distancing and a pandemic which I know has curtailed our way of life for many months now. But please, I urge you to play your part and respect the lockdown measures.
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“We have been, and will continue to, conduct regular patrols to ensure that the Government regulations are being adhered to. Officers are visiting businesses, transport hubs, parks, schools and responding to COVID-related calls to addresses in the area.
“I want to make it crystal clear that Hertfordshire Constabulary will not tolerate serious cases of disregard to law and as both these examples clearly show, those intent on ignoring it will be dealt with and educated without hesitation.”
If you believe someone may be breaching the COVID-19 regulations, you can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via an online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101