We appreciate that this has been a difficult time for everyone, and we have all had to make changes to our lives to ensure we help limit the spread of this virus. We want to thank the residents of South Wales for your continued support of the necessary restrictions which have been put in place to help the NHS save lives.
We continue to be visible in our local communities, maintaining safe distances when we engage with residents in line with Government advice on social distancing.
We will continue to police by consent. We will engage with, explain the circumstances and encourage people to do the right thing in complying with the Coronavirus restrictions. If considered necessary and proportionate, we may take enforcement action against those flagrantly or persistently breaching the regulations.
If faced with non-compliance, officers will, if necessary and proportionate:
direct those without a reasonable excuse to go home, using reasonable force if needed;
issue a fixed penalty notice (FPN), to discourage further non-compliance;
use prohibition notices to stop public gatherings;
use existing licencing powers where businesses and organisations fail to comply.
Direct enforcement will apply to adults only. For those under 18, officers will encourage, and ask that responsible adults ensure their children comply with the government request.
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South Wales Police will continue to engage, explain and encourage, and will enforce solely where necessary and proportionate.
Members of the public who are concerned about blatant breaches of the regulations, for example neighbours who are having a houseparty or someone they know is not adhering to foreign travel quarantine rules, should, of course, report to police.
We would ask that people adopt a sensible approach to reporting, doing so online where possible and remembering that the 999 number is for emergencies only.
Police officers continue to be in their communities and will follow our approach to engage, explain and encourage people to play their part. In most situations engaging with a group is enough to resolve the issue. However, we will issue fines to those who refuse to comply. Welsh Government recently increased the maximum penalties for serious or repeated breaches of the regulations to £1,920.A fine of up to £10,000 can be given to organisers of unlicensed music events.
Licensed premises are primarily the responsibility of local authorities. In Wales, local authorities and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with the regulations by businesses, and are responsible for measures against consistent non-compliance with the regulations by businesses.
South Wales Police has been working closely with our local authority partners throughout the pandemic, and enforcement action has been taken against a number of premises who have failed to comply with the terms of their licenses and the current regulations.
Face coverings on public transport
Unless an individual has a reasonable excuse (e.g. a medical condition), face coverings must be worn on all public transport, including taxis. Transport operators and employees have the right to refuse travel to anyone not complying.
South Wales Police will continue to work with the public to engage, explain and encourage compliance and we will enforce where absolutely necessary and proportionate.
We continue to appeal to the public to follow Welsh Government regulations and guidance, which have been imposed for the benefit and safety of us all (note, the rail network is policed by British Transport Police).
You can find much more information and the answers to most questions at gov.wales/coronavirus or gov.uk/coronavirus. Please take the time to visit these sites to find your answer, and help keep our call handlers free to help people who need us for emergency and non-emergency policing matters.
Contacting the police
The safety and welfare of local communities remains our top priority. Members of the public should continue to call 999 in an emergency where a crime is in progress or there is a threat to life.
We are currently experiencing a high call demand to both our 999 and 101 numbers.