Police Federation Chairman Says It's 'Crystal Clear' Drunk People Can't Socially Distance
Yesterday's 'Super Saturday' saw the pubs opening up as early as 8am and filled with punters for much of the day.
With people skulling Jager Bombs at 11am live on the telly, it's clear that a load of people were making up for lost time.
But according to John Apter, the chairman of the Police Federation and a serving officer who worked the streets of Southampton last night, many of the revellers were totally unable to observe the one metre plus rule with regards to social distance.
He also said that he was forced to deal with 'naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks'.
Apter explained: "What was crystal clear is that drunk people can't/won't socially distance.
"It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope.
"I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted."
Some police forces, like a lot of the public, had expressed their concerns about reopening the pubs in this fashion, and the large crowds seen in Manchester, London's Soho, Newcastle and Leeds would seem to back up that theory.
In Nottinghamshire, five pubs were forced to close their doors early to prevent further trouble as windows were smashed and at least one person was the victim of an assault.
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Police told how three pubs in Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield, and two more in Arnold and Newark closed their doors in order to stop further anti-social behaviour.
Inspector Craig Berry of Nottinghamshire Police said: "Officers were quickly on the scene to deal with a number of alcohol related anti-social behaviour reports including a smashed window and minor assault.
"As a result four arrests were made by officers and we supported licensees who chose to close their own premises. No pubs have been closed by the police.
"We'd like to thank the majority of the public who have acted responsibly throughout Saturday, especially whilst watching the much-anticipated Derby v Forest match."
Despite this, the UK's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty warned that the virus is 'is a long way from gone' and implored people to behave themselves whilst back out in society.
He said: "None of us believe, and I'm sure nobody watching this believes, this is a risk-free next step. It is absolutely not, that is why we have to be really serious about it.
"There's no doubt these are environments whose principal job it is to bring people together, that's a great thing to do socially but it's also a great thing from the virus's point of view.
"Therefore, we do have to have a really clear and really disciplined approach to try and maintain social distancing whilst also enjoying pubs."
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