The starting point for lockdown fines in England will rise to £100 from Wednesday.
The first fine will be lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days, according to the Home Office.
Fines will double for each repeat offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.
Currently the fine for a first offence is £60 and more than 9,000 have been issued across the country.
It is not yet clear if the same changes to fines will be adopted in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Spaniards can return to cafes
A little over half of Spain’s 47 million will feel the lockdown ease after the country on Sunday registered its lowest number of daily Covid-19 deaths since mid-March, Reuters reported.
Spain had one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, which saw children under 14 confined to their homes for six weeks. Earlier in May, the country outlined a plan to lift restrictions. These relaxations will be rolled out in two-week blocks until 10 June, subject to review if cases spike.
From today, some Spaniards can meet at bars and restaurants with outside spaces. Photos on Monday morning showed people enjoying cups of coffee outside cafes under blue skies.
Churches and mosques will be allowed to reopen, but only at limited capacity, and schools may partially reopen from 26 May.
But these new relaxations only apply to certain parts of the country – cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia will remain under lockdown.
What is commuting like on the Paris metro now?
France is back to work today after weeks of confinement, and I was interested to see if it really is possible to be socially distant on a busy Paris metro at rush hour.
I left my flat in the east of Paris at 7.30 this morning, complete with a mask and a form from my employer stating I needed to travel at rush hour for work.
On metro line 11, at Goncourt in the east of the city, there were five other people on the platform, all wearing the same light blue tissue mask.
On the trains, stickers are placed on every other seat, telling people not to sit there to protect everyone’s health. Stickers are also on the floor as a guide for where people should stand to be two metres apart.
In the busier station of Châtelet, in the centre of Paris, guards are standing along the platform to monitor the number of people.
At 8.15 there was still hardly anyone on the platform. French media are showing crammed trains arriving from the suburbs, but here in central Paris on day one of lifting the lockdown, very few people seem to be using the metro to get to work.