The new three-tier system has prompted widespread criticism and a number of people across the UK have been disregarding the rules.
Recently, officers fined a football team for pretending to be from the same household just to drink in their local pub. The group of 12 men was fined £200 each for disregarding the rule which prohibits mixing between different households and the “rule of six“.
Northumbria Police said if the group pay within two weeks for disregarding the rules and appearing at the boozer as a team, the force would reduce to £100.
The team was approached by a concerned staff member when they were together at a pub in in South Tyneside, near Newcastle, on Sunday. The police did not reveal the name of the football team and the boozer.
Chief Superintendent Janice Hutton, of Northumbria Police, said: “This group showed a flagrant disregard for the rules which are in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“Actions like this undermine the efforts being made by the majority of others in order to protect themselves, their family, friends and wider communities. We will continue to work closely with our communities and offer advice to people who have mistakenly broken the restrictions.
“However, as we have made clear, where individuals are choosing to ignore the measures in place, we are committed to taking enforcement action to protect our communities.”
Under the new three-tier system meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus, South Tynesideis classed as “high risk” Tier to which means people from different household are not allowed to mix and the “rule of six” still applies.