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People in local lockdown set to be fined for having visitors in their home

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PEOPLE living in lockdown regions could be fined for inviting friends round for a cuppa under strict new proposals.

Council leaders in the North East want tougher measures to prevent households mixing which is barred under regional Covid rules.

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A Whitehall source said yesterday: “It is currently covered by guidance. That is under discussion.”

One official in Newcastle said: “There have been some real liberties taken over the guidance.

“We’ve had some frank discussions and tougher measures could be coming in the next few days.”

Meanwhile, from today people in England testing positive, or contacted by NHS Test and Trace, must self-isolate by law.

Those who break the rules will initially be fined £1,000, rising to £10,000 for regular breaches.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “We will not hesitate to put in place further measures if cases continue to rise.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “These new measures are about saving lives. Everyone must take personal responsibility.”

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