Police Seen Enforcing New Government Lockdown Rules In Public
Police around the country have been spotted enforcing new government rules that came into place yesterday as the next measure to control the coronavirus pandemic.
Forces up and down the UK can be seen breaking up 'gatherings' in public and ordering non-essential shops to close down.
Photographs of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester show police breaking up a group of people who had gathered, despite yesterday's warnings.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police told LADbible: "No one was arrested. GMP officers are patrolling the city centre following the lockdown announcements."
Other areas around the country seemed to be having similar problems when trying to get people to adhere to the government's advice, that has been put into place in order to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Foleshill Police, in the West Midlands, tweeted that they have had to break up a party, posting a picture of a sad looking barbecue.
Unbelievably, we've just had to deal with 20+ people having a BBQ!! Please listen to government advice else this will get worse and will last longer!! #RIPBBQ #COVID19 #StayHome #Foleshill #Coventry pic.twitter.com/INhXbCjd05
- Foleshill Police (@FoleshillWMP) March 24, 2020
Although people appear to be continuing to ignore the recommendations made by Boris Johnson last night, the new rules he set out around social distancing now mean that on the spot fines can be issued where these aren't followed.
Police now have the power to issue 'unlimited fines' to anyone who doesn't comply with social distancing measures, the health secretary has told the House of Commons.
Matt Hancock said fines would start at £30 ($35.25) but could rise indefinitely for non-compliance. He said: "These measures are not advice, they are rules and will be enforced, including by the police with fines starting at £30 up to unlimited fines for non compliance.
"Home is now the front line, and in this national effort, working together, we can defeat this disease. Everyone has a part to play."
The Prime Minister announced on Monday that the country would be put on lockdown for at least the next three weeks.
During this time, people will only be allowed out to shop for necessities, exercise once a day, for any medical need, to help the vulnerable, or to travel to and from work.
Meetings of more than two people are banned, and you should not have visitors to your home or meet family and friends.
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