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Face masks, fines, pub curfews and working from home: New coronavirus crackdown revealed

Face masks, fines, pub curfews and working from home: New coronavirus crackdown revealed

Business
Face masks will become compulsory for bar staff, shop workers, waiters and taxi passengers in an effort to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England, the prime minister has announced.Fines for failing to wear a face mask will rise to £200 and will be extended to customers when they are not seated at a table, Boris Johnson told MPs. PM: New restrictions could ...
Bowling alleys, stadiums and salons have lockdown rules eased – as mask fines doubled

Bowling alleys, stadiums and salons have lockdown rules eased – as mask fines doubled

Business
Fines of up to £3,200 for repeatedly not wearing a mask have been announced by Boris Johnson alongside eased lockdown measures for bowling alleys, casinos, skating rinks and beauty salons.The prime minister says he wants to ease lockdown rules to help people get back to work and enjoy things they have missed - but there will be tougher penalties for repeat offenders who flout the rules. The maximum fine for not wearing a mask is to be doubled from £1,600 to £3,200 and fines of up to £10,000 are planned for "senseless" people who host or organise illegal raves that put lives at risk.But at the same time, the PM says lockdown rules will be eased to allow:Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos to reopen for the first time as well as indoor play and soft play centresBeauty salons, tattoo st...
NBA fines Milwaukee Bucks $50K for Giannis Antetokounmpo contract talk

NBA fines Milwaukee Bucks $50K for Giannis Antetokounmpo contract talk

Sports
Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The NBA fined the Milwaukee Bucks $ 50,000 for making public comments about a potential contract extension for superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. The league announced the fine Tuesday, saying the Bucks were penalized for "violating league rules governing the timing of discussions regarding future player contracts and permissible commitments to players." The fine is in response to comments made by Bucks general manager Jon Horst at a televised team event on Sept. 12. He said the franchise plans to offer Antetokounmpo a supermax contract worth $ 253.8 million, the largest in NBA history, next summer. "Giannis, a year from now, will be eligible for a supermax extension," Horst said. "At that time, of course, he will be offered the supermax extension. ... We all fully...
Amazon fires: Fines for environmental crimes drop under Bolsonaro

Amazon fires: Fines for environmental crimes drop under Bolsonaro

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The record number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has coincided with a sharp drop in fines for environmental violations, BBC analysis has found.Official data from Brazil's environment agency shows fines from January to 23 August dropped almost a third compared with the same period last year. At the same time, the number of fires burning in Brazil has increased by 84%.It is not known how many of these fires have been set deliberately, but critics have accused President Jair Bolsonaro's administration of "green lighting" the destruction of the rainforest through a culture of impunity.Mr Bolsonaro has sent in the military to help put out the fires after coming under pressure from the internation...
Hauliers face increased fines under new no-deal Brexit powers

Hauliers face increased fines under new no-deal Brexit powers

Business
By Paul Kelso, business correspondent Hauliers will face increased fines and civilian traffic officers will be granted new powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit under government plans to try and avoid debilitating customs delays at Dover. Sky News understands the proposals, set out in a Department of Transport consultation, will see Highways England Traffic Officers (TOs) given the power to demand and check drivers' documentation for the first time. TOs will also work with police to levy new increased fines, perhaps as high as £300, on drivers who ignore orders to take an alternative route or head to holding areas. Image: Hauliers with the correct paperwork will be given a permit to proceed towards Do...