‘It’s not a holiday’: Police tackle lockdown rule breakers

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Officers from the Metropolitan Police have been taking steps to disperse gatherings in a bid to enforce the national coronavirus lockdown rules.

In an online video, Officers in London's Shepherd's Bush tell sunbathers congregated on the green to “go home.”

The officer can be heard saying: “It’s not a holiday, it’s a lockdown which means you don’t just come here and sunbathe - can you please just leave.”

Boris Johnson announced the unprecedented lockdown measures on Monday night, banning gatherings of more than two people in public spaces.

People are now only allowed to leave their homes for essential shopping, exercise once a day, to give or receive essential care and to travel to work if work cannot be done from home.

Those who flout the rules could face a fine of up to £30 and end up in court if they fail to pay.

And the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that the government will keep the fixed term penalty notice punishment “under review” and reserves that power to “increase it significantly if it is necessary to ensure public compliance”.

Tweeting the video, the Shepherds Bush officers urged people not to sit in groups during “a national health emergency”.

It added: “We will continue to do our best for the public and the NHS.”

The head of the Met, Dame Cressida Dick, said that the “vast majority” of people want to obey the new rules.

She said her force, the largest in Britain, had been planning how to deal with a pandemic for years, and “even in the darkest of times, to be able to keep people safe and give a good quality policing service”.

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