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Major survey reveals the lockdown rules most likely to be broken – Chronicle Live

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The author of a major new survey has revealed which lockdown rules people in England are sticking to – and which ones they are most likely to break.

Compliance with coronavirus lockdown rules is at its highest point since May, Dr Daisy Fancourt has said.

The health expert is the lead author of a study looking at lockdown restrictions and which ones are the most likely to be broken.

Dr Fancourt, from UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology & Health, said the rule that people are breaking most is meeting up with more people than they are allowed to outdoors.

She told BBC Breakfast: “I think people are thinking they’ve got that added protection from being outside with increased air and ventilation, which of course is true to a certain extent, but actually I think now we’re looking at this new virus we’ve got to be particularly cautious on this.

“We’re finding this across all age groups, so it’s not like there’s one particular group that are most likely to break this rule, but I think it’s one that people, if they’re looking to improve their own behaviours at the moment, it’s a really good one to try and tighten up on.”

But she added: “I think one of the things we were most struck by is actually how good compliance is at the moment.

“We found that compliance has been improving month on month, and week on week, and actually it’s now back to the same levels that it was last May, so whilst we hear the stories of rule-breakers, actually the majority of the population are really playing their part at the moment.”

She said rule flouting such as holding house parties is only being done by a “very, very tiny” percentage of people.

“What we’re seeing a bit more of is people bending these rules, so perhaps looking for loopholes, or slightly pushing the boundaries of the rules, and of course that’s risky because this is a very complicated virus and some of those behaviours that perhaps we might have got away with a few months ago with the last strain, we’re not necessarily able to get away with now,” she said.

New figures have revealed that Northumbria Police have handed out the most fines for Covid-19 breaches with more than 3,000 issued.

The police force topped the list after issuing nearly a tenth of all fines, with 3,034 fixed penalty notices handed out between March 27 and December 21 last year.

Elsewhere across the North East, Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police handed out much fewer fines with 253 and 313 while North Yorkshire Police issued 1,484.

Northumbria Police confirmed this week they had taken action against a family group for visiting the Northumberland town of Rothbury during lockdown.