This is an unprecedented public health emergency and an unprecedented national effort to fight this virus. Maintaining the best service to the public, protecting officers and staff, and supporting the nationwide response are Thames Valley Police's top priorities. We're in this together and each and every one of us has a role to play by following the government advice.

Please see below the latest on our response and a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions to help the residents of Thames Valley to stay up to date with the latest Government guidance.

The Government has issued guidance around returning to work and exercise.

Our response

We are patrolling and talking to members of our communities in order to explain the government restrictions and the importance of abiding by them to stop the spread of Coronavirus and save lives.

Our officers will use common sense and discretion and we will be engaging, explaining and encouraging people to do the right thing.

We are grateful to the vast majority of our communities who are playing their part.  

If people don’t take notice of the government restrictions:

We may ask people to disperse,

We may ask parents to make sure their children are abiding by the restrictions

We may enforce and issue a fine

If someone continues to ignore the instructions, our officers can arrest them if they think it is proportionate and necessary.

Frequently asked questions

A person may now leave and remain outside of the place where they live for any reason. However it is still prohibited to:

  • Gather outdoors with more than six people
  • Gather indoors

Exceptions apply for:

  • members of the same household
  • a person attending a funeral
  • an elite athlete and their coach or parent
  • work purposes or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • facilitating house moves
  • providing care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • providing emergency assistance
  • providing registered early years childcare
  • avoiding injury, illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • facilitating access between parents and children
  • fulfilling legal obligations or participating in legal proceedings
  • the purposes of education

If you see a mass gathering in progress:

Call 101 - if you see a mass gathering and the incident is happening now.

Anything else related to Covid-19 please use our online tool

Call 999 - if a life is threatened or a crime is in progress (as usual).

  • The fine has increased to £100. Individuals will be informed about why they’ve received a fine, how they can pay it, and what the consequences of non-payment are. They should immediately go home if they have received a fine.
  • For those who continue to not follow the guidance, the fine can be doubled each time and summary prosecution can be sought for those who refuse to pay or comply. The £100 fine can fall to £50 if paid within 14 days.
  • Receiving a fine isn’t a criminal offence and won’t require a court appearance if paid.

A person may now leave and remain outside of the place where they live for any reason, subject to restrictions on gatherings and overnight stays.

No person may, without reasonable excuse, stay overnight at any place other than the place where they are living.

Reasonable excuses include, but are not limited to:

  • attending a funeral
  • an elite athlete and their coach or parent
  • moving house
  • work purposes or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • providing care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • providing emergency assistance
  • avoiding injury, illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • obtaining medical assistance
  • fulfilling legal obligations or participating in legal proceedings
  • facilitating access between parents and children
  • it is not safe for a person to live there
  • it being unlawful to travel or there is some legal requirement to stay elsewhere
  • the place where they are living is not available for any other reason

You can now leave and remain outside of the place where you live for any reason, as long as you are not in a gathering of more than six people and not staying away from your home overnight.

There have been changes to the businesses that may open.

Please refer directly to the government website for details.

Local authorities and Trading Standards will lead on enforcing and monitoring the closure of businesses.

From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months.

Further detailed guidance on MOTs and vehicle tax can be found on the GOV.UK website.

  • On the 23rd March, the Government had the difficult decision to close all places of worship to help protect the NHS and save lives. This is an unprecedented public health emergency and an unprecedented national effort to fight this virus.
  • National leaders for all faiths in the UK are supporting the Government’s decision and have provided guidance to worshipers of practical ways they can support their communities and demonstrate their faith whilst the places of worship remain closed.
  • Local faith leaders are working in their communities to support those who are most vulnerable alongside many other partners.
  • We are actively engaging with local faith leaders across our communities, we understand the distress not being able to come to their place of worship. However, we know our communities of all faiths recognise that the best way of saving lives and to protect the NHS is to stay home.

The government has advised that funerals, burials or cremations are to proceed as normal, however only immediate family members may attend.

Further guidance has been issued by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.

  • This is appalling behaviour and it will not be tolerated. People who deliberately spit and cough on emergency workers as well as members of the public will be dealt with robustly. This is an offence and it will be treated as assault.
  • We have already taken action with regards to individuals coughing at our officers

We’re asking you please to only call 999 if it is an emergency and 101 if it is urgent. If you can, use our online services.

If you’re looking for information about the government instruction to stay home and how that may affect you, you’ll find guidance on Gov.uk.

We’ll be updating information on our services over the coming days, please check online for those updates.

Please be aware that we have closed a majority front counter locations to the public for the safety of both the public and our officers.

The following remain open to manage Bail and Registered Offenders signing on:

  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxford
  • Reading
  • Slough
  • Aylesbury

These front counters have an officer present but the doors will be closed.

Anyone required to sign on will phone from outside and the officer at the front counter will sight them. Social distancing will be maintained.

Fraudsters are using the current public health emergency to defraud people looking to buy medical supplies online, sending emails offering fake medical support and targeting people who may be vulnerable or increasingly isolated at home.

We’re advising you to think very carefully before you hand over your money, and don’t give out your personal details unless you are sure who you are dealing with.

If you believe you have fallen victim to a fraud or cyber-crime, please report it to Action Fraud. For the latest information on fraud and cyber-crime, please follow Action Fraud on Twitter and Facebook.

Further information, support and advice about Coronavirus

  • NHS advice - How to avoid catching or spreading germs and when to seek medical help
  • GOV.UK - Daily updates on the outbreak, information and advice
  • PHE England - Daily updates, signs and symptoms, current risk level
  • Mind - Mental health support and advice
  • Victims First – free support and advise for victims of crime
  • Action Fraud – report cyber-crime, fraud and scams