How to report people to police in Sussex for breaching coronavirus restrictions
A new three tier system of social restrictions has come into force across the UK today (October 14) in an attempt to stem the flow of coronavirus.
Local authorities will be placed in one of three risk categories - medium, high or very high - each with increasing levels of social restrictions.
Both East and West Sussex have been categorised as being medium risk, which means residents are subject to the same restrictions as they have been for the last few months.
That means following the rule of six and not meeting in groups of more than six people either indoors or outdoors.
Pubs and restaurants are also forced to close at 10pm, with table service mandatory, and face masks must be worn in all shops and when moving around hospitality buildings.
Last month, Home Secretary Priti Patel encouraged residents to report their neighbours if they are in breach of social restrictions.
Sussex Police has set out guidelines for reporting breaches, which is primarily through the website www.sussex.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/Users can select their location, inform police whether the breach is happening now and specify the size of the group in question.
Reporters can then go into more detail about the exact breach. Local guidelines are also available on the website to check if someone is in breach.
Breaches of coronavirus restrictions are classed as anti-social behaviour in police reporting and reports of this type of crime have skyrocketed since lockdown was first introduced in March.
High risk areas, which are currently areas that have already been on local lockdown, are barred from mixing between households indoors, must follow the rule of six outdoors and the 10pm pub curfew.
Very high risk areas, currently only the City of Liverpool area, forbids households mixing indoors or outdoors, unless they are in 'outdoor public spaces' like parks, in which case follow the rule of six. Pubs and restaurants not primarily serving food must close.