POLICE have today threatened to dish out £200 Covid fines for people having snowball fights and sledging in the snow.
Forces in London, Surrey and Wiltshire sent out warnings urging Brits not to break lockdown while enjoying the snow, saying “Covid regulations still apply.”
Police forces have threatened to give out £200 Covid fines for people having snowball fights and sledging in the snowCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Police forces reminded Brits that ‘Covid regulations still apply’ in the snow
Surrey Police tweeted today: “We are currently receiving lots of calls and reports relating to snowballs being thrown and people outside sledging.
“Enjoy the snow today but please don’t involve other people, particularly more vulnerable residents.
“Please stay safe and remember that Covid regulations do still apply.”
Meanwhile, Wiltshire Police inspector Louis McCoy wrote: “I don’t want to be dealing with sledgers and snowball fights.
“There’s still a lockdown on. Think about it, don’t be tempted.”
And Kingston Police, West London, urged people to enjoy the snow “from the comfort of your own home” as “there’s a pandemic going on.”
Cops in the London borough of Merton also wrote: “Sorry to be “that grumpy relative” but with the snow coming down the way it is, please drive carefully.
“And if you’re going to have a snowball fight, please stick to your bubbles. Also do not eat yellow snow.”
People caught breaking lockdown rules, which includes exercising outdoors with more than one member of another household, could be forced to pay a £200 Covid fine.
The Met Office issued snow and ice warnings following a day of wintery weather in crowded parks – despite strict lockdown rules urging people to stay at home.
But Brits have slammed cops for discouraging people playing in the snow.
Replying to Wiltshire Police’s warning, one person wrote: “Any chance you could use the time when you’re not stopping snowball fights and sledging to find my stolen car?”
Another rebutted: “So is taking the kids out sledging not exercise?
“Do you think maybe it’s about time the police stopped disgracing themselves by enforcing laws that don’t actually exist?”
Earlier this month during a flurry of snowfall, neighbourhood cops for the Broseley and Much Wenlock in Shropshire said going to play in the snow was not a valid reason to be outdoors and could result in a hefty fine.
They wrote on Twitter: “There have been two reports of snowballs being thrown last night between 11 and 11.30pm.
“This is obviously not a justifiable reason to be out of your house, this behaviour is likely to result in a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaking the lockdown rules.”
They later added: “The snowballs reported being thrown in Broseley last night between 11 & 11:30pm were being thrown at the addresses of vulnerable elderly residents. This behaviour is not acceptable at any time.”
Cops said people must stick to their bubbles if they want to have snowball fights
Officers warned people to not break lockdown rules
Inspector Louis McCoy reminded the public ‘there’s still a lockdown on’
Youngsters enjoying the snow in London