This is what Mansfield people think about the new government measure which will bring fines of £800 to people who attend house parties with more than 15 people

Anyone who attends a house party of more than 15 people will face a fine of £800, under a new rule which will come in to force in England next week.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 4:51 pm

There has been a mixed bag of opinions locally surrounding the new government measure – this is what our readers said.

Many of our readers don’t feel that the fine is high enough.

Martin Yates, said: “It should be more.“Make it a criminal offence so it's on their record, employers may think twice.”

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People could be fined £800 for attending house parties.

Valerie Fowler agreed.

She said: “It should be more, we are never gonna get rid of virus.

“The more we listen to the rules the sooner we can get back to normal.”

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But other readers don’t think the fines are a good idea.

Wendy Annibal, said: “It’s a total waste of police resources.“Really they need to be out catching proper criminals.”

Karen Clifton Woodward, said: “It won't stop them there are too many people not taking this situation seriously.”

Brian Swift questioned why this fine needs to exist.

He said: “There is no need to have house parties and at this stage there is no way that anyone is not aware of the situation.”

Fines of up to £10,000 for holding gatherings of more than 30 people will still only apply to the organisers.

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.