IT HAS been just over a week since the UK entered into lockdown to tackle coronavirus, with strict new measures designed to delay the virus’ spread.

They included a ban on public gatherings of more than two people; only leaving the home to exercise once a day, travelling to and from work “where this is absolutely necessary”; shopping for essential items; and fulfilling any medical or care needs.

Police have been given powers to fine people who break those rules – although Merseyside Police has said it will only use the powers as a last resort.

With the weather expected to be sunny and fine this weekend there are concerns people will be tempted to break the social distancing restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people not to do this in a message on Friday.

So if you see someone breaking the restrictions what should you do?

We asked Merseyside Police and they said the first route should be to contact officers online and not use phone lines.

A force spokesman said: "You can report any matters concerning COVID-19 and the current legislation to us @MerPolCC or through Merseyside Police’s website

"Please do not call 101 as we need to keep our lines clear for other emergencies.

"For general information on COVID-19 go to and for medical advice contact the NHS"

Speaking about how officers are enforcing the restrictions Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy, said powers would only be used as a last resort: “We are taking a common sense approach in relation to the new legislation and I would appeal to our communities to adhere to the guidance to keep our loved ones safe.

"We all need to work together on this and I’m sure we all want a return to normality as soon as possible, but to do this we need to follow the Government advice and our officers will be encouraging members of the public to stay at home and only go out if it is essential.

"We want to work with our local communities and will only use the new powers as a last resort.”