As social distancing is enforced, authorities across the world have introduced measures to prevent people from breaking coronavirus guidelines.
In the UK, the police have been given emergency powers which allow them to fine people up to £120 for flouting lockdown regulations.
One woman was even fined £850 recently after being “unable to give a valid reason for using the railway during the coronavirus pandemic”.
But police forces were warned about "overreaching" in using their new powers, after incidents including filming walkers via drone in Derbyshire and telling shopkeepers to stop selling Easter eggs.
The situation is similar in certain areas of the US – New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, has given the NYPD the ability to issue fines of up to $500 to anyone believed to be violating social distancing rules.
“I want to just let all New Yorkers know that what we're trying to do is say: you've been warned and warned and warned again,” de Blasio said in a press conference.
Now, if an officer comes up to you and says, ‘Move along, disperse, etcetera,’ if you ignore that order we're going to have to fine you.
Also experiencing a high volume in calls were areas like the Upper West Side, Long Island City, and Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood.
Despite these areas having the most calls, in 65 per cent of the cases, the NYPD reported that they investigated an incident but didn’t “directly engage” with it. In Brooklyn, they only took action for every one in four calls.