On the first weekend of the coronavirus lockdown Cleveland Police issued 16 fines to people not complying with the rules.
The force is one of many across the country taking action against alleged coronavirus rulebreakers.
Fixed Penalty Notices given in the Cleveland Police force area on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March, were mainly for those members of the public making unnecessary journeys in vehicles.
Under new powers given to the police, those who flout the rules can be fined £60 or £120 for repeat offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence.
Chief Superintendent Thom McLoughlin, Head of Local Policing said:
While Cleveland Police has taken the decision to give its communities a daily update on the number of people given fixed notices, our region's other forces, including North Yorkshire Police, Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police have not released the information.
New powers given to police following the coronavirus lockdown now mean that officers can:
- ensure parents are doing all they can to stop their children breaking the rules
- issue a £60 fixed penalty
- issue a £120 fixed penalty for second-time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence
- Anyone who does not pay can be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines. If they still refuse to comply, police can arrest them.
Under strict measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, people are only allowed to leave the house for specific reasons:
- Shopping for "basic necessities", as infrequently as possible
- One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle – please note: travelling in a vehicle to another location to exercise or walk a dog is NOT classed as essential travel and officers will advise you to do this closer to home.
- Medical reasons, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling to and from work, but only if it is "absolutely necessary" and cannot be done from home