hanges to coronavirus regulations, introduced today, mean that the number of people that can attend social gatherings will be restricted to six in England, following a rise in Covid-19 cases.

The new law reduces the size of gatherings from 30 to six people, and will apply to settings indoors and outdoors, including in private homes, with a limited number of exemptions, such as education and work settings.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair Martin Hewitt said on BBC Breakfast after being asked if the system needed the public to “grass up” their neighbours, “I don’t think I would describe it as that at all, I think what it relies on is us being responsible.

“I think it is about everybody accepting their own personal responsibility.”:

“Preventing the spread of Coronavirus is a shared effort and police are playing our part alongside government, businesses, hospitality owners, local authorities and others.

“Officers are in their communities following our approach to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the rules. We will issue fines when people refuse to comply.

“The demands on the police service are now at similar levels to before the pandemic, which makes it crucially important that we all take personal responsibility, stick to the limits and prevent the spread of this deadly virus.”


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