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Update on Coronavirus FPNs issued by police – June 2021

28 Jun 2021

Police in England and Wales have processed a total of 117,213 fixed penalty notices for breaches of Coronavirus restrictions up to 20 June 2021.

The latest provisional figures released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council show that 2,010 fines were processed in the latest reporting period.

The total processed in England is now 105,329 and 11,884 in Wales. 

Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Martin Hewitt, said: 

“Once again, the number of fines processed in the latest reporting period has fallen considerably, as we continue to make good progress and edge closer to the end of lockdown.

“Despite the slight easing of the rules relating to some activities, such as weddings, commemorative events and care home visits, we mustn’t forget that there are still some restrictions in place.

“Our officers will continue to carry out patrols and will engage with the public to keep explaining the restrictions which remain in place.”

Fixed penalty notices were processed for the following reasons: 

Large gatherings (£10,000 fine) 

    • 366 FPNs have now been processed relating to holding a gathering of more than thirty people in England and three in Wales. 
    • These include, but are not limited to, unlicensed music events, protests and private parties. 

Participating in a gathering of more than 15 people (£800 fines) 

    • 3,440 FPNs have been processed in England under regulations requiring people not to participate in a gathering of more than 15 people. 501 processed in Wales.

Face coverings 

    • 3,765 FPNs were processed between 15 June and 20 June for breaches of the Face Coverings Regulations in England.  
    • 635 of these fines were processed for failure to wear a face covering on public transport. 
    • 3,130 fines were processed for failure to wear a face covering in a relevant place, such as a retail setting. 


    • 841 FPNs were processed to businesses up to 20 June. 
    • The main reasons for the issuance of an FPN included: Businesses refusing to close during the emergency period or refusing to close during restricted hours, gatherings of more than the restricted number taking place within a business; businesses not adhering to the table service only rules. 

International travel regulations

    • Up until 20 June, 737 FPNs have been processed in England. Breaches of the regulations include failing to self-isolate after arriving from a country on the UK Government Quarantine list, including red list travel ban countries, among other reasons. 15 have been processed in Wales.

Self-isolation regulation

    • Up until 16 May, 187 FPNs have been processed under the Self-Isolation regulation; failing to self- isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

The full breakdown of FPNs can be found within the attached data pack here

Notes on the data: 

    • In order to provide a clear national snapshot of FPNs for a reporting period, the NPCC draws from ACRO data. The totals issued in this release reflect a mix of new FPNs issued in the latest reporting period, alongside additional processing and cancellation by ACRO for dates covered by previous releases. There will always be a processing lag time between forces issuing a notice and ACRO processing it. Actual force totals may therefore differ from the national totals presented in this release. 
    • International Travel Quarantine fines: Police only become involved after a referral from UK Border Force via their triage centre. Totals are for police issued fines only and do not include those issued by Border Force. College of Policing guidance states that where police are unable to get an answer following a visit to an address, then additional follow-up visits are suggested. If there is still no answer, the times and dates of the visits should be recorded and fed back to Border Force via the triage centre. For any questions about penalties issued at the Border, triage centre referrals, and information concerning the Passenger Locator Form, please contact Border Force. 
    • Payment of FPNs: At this stage we are unable to provide individual force totals or payment proportions for Regulations which still have payment periods outstanding. We have committed to publishing this at a later date. If an FPN is contested or not complied with within the 28 day payment period, the case becomes a matter for HM Courts and Tribunals Service following a force level review.