There is no doubt that lockdown measures have been tough on our lives as we have drastically changed our every day routines and social contact.

However, there has always been one common goal - to stop the spread of Covid-19 and save lives.

Parts of Lancashire have even been thrown back into lockdown, including Hyndburn, Rossendale, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle and Preston, following recent spikes in infection rates.

While the majority of people are sticking to the rules, there are some who seem to think they don't apply to them.

New powers are coming in to help tackle those actively choosing to break coronavirus rules in the UK, with the Government promising to "take action" for those who defy the restrictions.

Fines for repeatedly refusing to wear a mask could soar to £3,200 and organisers of illegal raves could face a £10,000 penalty.

That's the latest announcement from Boris Johnson ahead of further easing of England’s lockdown.

Although the easing of the rules across England will not apply to Lancashire's six boroughs under local restrictions.

At present, people who refuse to wear a face covering where it is required face a £100 fine, which can be reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

A woman wearing a face mask

Under the new measures, that penalty will double for subsequent offences, up to a maximum of £3,200..

In England face coverings are mandatory in settings including public transport, shops and museums, with some exemptions for children or on medical grounds.

A clampdown on illegal gatherings of more than 30 people could see those responsible hit with spot fines of up to £10,000, a No. 10 source indicated.

Police chiefs have promised increased patrols to prevent unlicensed events following a spate of parties during the heatwave.

The tougher enforcement measures come as the Prime Minister confirmed plans to open up more of the economy from Saturday, potentially adding to the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Lockdown announcement Aug 13

The Prime Minister said: “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.

“At every stage I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional and that it relies on continued progress against the virus.

“Today, we are able to announce some further changes which will allow more people to return to work and the public to get back to more of the things they have missed.

“However, as I have always said, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measures to help to control the spread of the virus.”

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

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she would not allow progress in tackling the virus to be 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.”