Cleveland Police has issued eight fixed penalty notices in the past two days to people not complying with new social distancing guidelines and restrictions designed to slow down the spread of Coronavirus.
Under the powers given to police, no-one will be allowed to leave their home "without reasonable excuse" and officers can ensure that people stay at home, avoid non-essential travel.
Police will be able to order people to go home, leave an area or disperse.
While the new powers mean officers can issues fixed penalties and make arrests, but the Cleveland force say they will continue to take an ‘educate and persuade’ approach using the new legislation as a last resort for non-compliance.
Community Safety Chief Inspector Scott Cowie reiterated the message that people must adhere to the new regulations in order to protect the NHS and save lives.