ISLE of Wight Police have detailed the approach they will take to enforce the rule of six introduced yesterday (Monday).

The restrictions introduced yesterday mean gatherings of more than six people, indoors or outdoors, are prohibited.

Police say they are confident Island residents will continue to follow the regulations and guidance as we move on to this new stage.

Assistant chief constable, Maggie Blyth said: "Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage, explain and encourage people to comply with the regulations, and this will continue.

"We will use common sense and discretion to determine what is reasonable.

"As a last resort, we will enforce, whether it’s by directing people to leave an area, or issuing a fine.

"We have found that the majority of breaches reported to us can be resolved without having to issue a fine.

"As you will expect, we have proportionate plans in place with dedicated patrols, and we will be out in our communities, speaking to people and making sure they understand what is required."

"Our officers are also working hard to keep us safe from the full range of crimes, and demand is at pre-pandemic levels.

"Please continue to work with us and remember we are here for you if you need help.

You can tell police about possible breaches of regulations via

In an emergency, you should always dial 999.

You can also report crime via or by dialling the non-emergency 101 number.