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False declare: UK authorities sending fines by textual content message for breaching lockdown guidelines


Posts being shared on social media (instance right here) make the declare that the UK authorities is issuing fines to folks through textual content in the event that they depart their properties a number of occasions a day.

This declare comes after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday (March 23) ordered folks to remain at residence to assist stem the unfold of the coronavirus. Below the curbs on motion, Britons have been instructed to depart residence just for very restricted causes, together with going to supermarkets for important provides or for train as soon as a day.

The publish accommodates a picture displaying two textual content messages apparently from the sender ‘UK_GOV’ studying:

“GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT New guidelines in power now: you have to keep at residence. Extra information & exemptions at Keep at residence. Defend the NHS. Save lives.”

“You could have been outdoors of your own home 3 occasions right now, you might be in breach of presidency pointers. Your £30 positive might be added to your invoice.”

The British authorities mentioned in a press release on March 24 {that a} textual content similar to the primary could be despatched to all members of the general public with a registered cellphone quantity (right here).

The Prime Minister’s workplace confirmed to Reuters that just one textual content message had been despatched, and that any others claiming to be from the British authorities have been pretend (right here).

“UK Authorities has despatched out just one textual content message on new guidelines about staying at residence to forestall the unfold of #coronavirus (see under). Should you see others claiming to be from UK Authorities, they’re false,” a press release posted on the No 10 Press Workplace Twitter on March 25 mentioned.

The brand new measures state that the general public ought to keep at residence except for one of many following causes (right here

Purchasing for fundamental requirements, for instance meals and medication, which should be as rare as doable.

One type of train a day, for instance a run, stroll, or cycle – alone or with members of your family.

Any medical want, or to offer care or to assist a weak particular person.

Travelling to and from work, however solely the place this positively can’t be finished from residence.

Aside from train, which is restricted to as soon as a day, members of the general public are usually not restricted to what number of occasions they depart the home for causes accredited by the federal government. Nevertheless, Britons are requested to make buying as rare as doable.

The federal government has introduced that those that don’t adjust to the principles might obtain a £30 positive, nevertheless these could be spot fines from police, and never fines delivered by textual content.(right here)


False: the UK authorities has not despatched residents textual content messages to inform them they’ve been fined for breaching nationwide lockdown guidelines. It is a hoax screenshot.

This text was produced by the Reuters Truth Test staff. Learn extra about our reality checking work right here .


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