Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)
Last updated 22 May 2023
4. Vaccination centres
On 22 May 2023 we issued a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for the safety of staff and visitors to vaccination centres. This order has been issued under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, 2014 and lasts for 3 years.
The order applies to areas outside open vaccination centres. It states that you must not:
- interfere, or attempt to interfere, in any way, with a staff member, volunteer or service user of the site
- intimidate, impede or harass, or attempt to intimidate, impede or harass, a staff member, volunteer, or service users of the clinic
- shout, use amplification equipment to convey messages or play any recorded messages related to the disapproval of issues related to COVID-19 vaccinations
- display or distribute any signs, text or images relating directly or indirectly to the disapproval of COVID-19 vaccinations
The order states that if an authorised person or constable:
- suspects you of breaching the PSPO you could be asked to leave the area around the clinic until it ends. You will not be able to return to the area for 24 hours
- makes a request, you'll remove from display any signs, text or images directly or indirectly related to the disapproval of COVID-19 vaccinations. Such signs, text or images will not be displayed again whilst the clinic is open
- suspects you of breaching this order, you'll provide your name, address, and date of birth when asked
Breach of this order is a criminal offence. You could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100, arrested, prosecuted in court and if found guilty sentenced to a fine of up to £1000.
You can read the full PSPO.