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Reasons for leaving your home

We give clarity on what is allowed during the Coronavirus restrictions

New public health regulations will strengthen enforcement powers to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The Commissioner speaks about how new police powers of enforcement is a message of just how serious it is and that everybody has to obey the rules that have been set down.

As from Thursday 26th March 2020, the government made new public health regulations strengthening police enforcement powers. The powers are intended to ensure people stay at home and avoid non-essential travel.  

Whilst the focus of police activity in our communities continues to be on engage, explain and encourage, if members of the public do not comply with government advice to stay at home and avoid non-essential travel, officers may:

  • Instruct them to go home, leave an area or disperse
  • Ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking these rules
  • Issue a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days.
  • Issue a fixed penalty notice of £120 for second time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence

Scrutiny and Oversight 

As part of the Commissioner's scrutiny and oversight role, the Commissioner remains in regular contact with the Chief Constable and his team to discuss operational updates and ensure that the use of the South Wales Police's powers are used effectively, fairly and proportionately. 

If you have any concerns or feedback that you would like to raise with the Commissioner in relation to policing in South Wales, please tell us by completing our online form


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