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Met announces policing plan as national Covid restrictions are eased

News   •   Dec 02, 2020 00:01 GMT

As a new tiered system is introduced to help limit the spread of Coronavirus, the Met will continue to work with communities across London to control the virus and save lives.

The “High Alert” Tier 2 restrictions in London permits some freedoms to return, such as the opening of the hospitality sector and meeting in groups of up to six people outdoors. As part of these restrictions you can only meet socially with people if you live with them or if you have formed a social bubble.

For a full list of the restrictions, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-2-high-alert.

Throughout London, officers from the Met will continue to respond to reported breaches of the new Tier 2 regulations, taking enforcement action where necessary. Dedicated patrols to clamp down on breaches of the regulations will remain, prioritising enforcement action in those London boroughs with the highest infection rate.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, the Met’s lead for Covid-19 operations, said: “Throughout this latest phase of national restrictions, all across the capital, Londoners have responded well. Unfortunately, there was a small minority who decided to act selfishly by holding parties, weddings or large unlicensed music events. We make no apology for using the enforcement powers available to us to issue fines or where needed make arrests if individuals are intent on breaking the rules.

“There will be some more freedoms under Tier 2, and we understand the natural temptation to enjoy the festive season, but we strongly urge everyone to use common sense and behave responsibly. Londoners’ sacrifices over recent weeks have helped reduce the spread of the virus but we know from bitter experience how quickly that situation can change and in stark terms that means more people losing their lives. We should have no doubt that our collective actions over the coming days and weeks will have very serious consequences for better or worse.

“That’s why our officers will continue to engage with people, explain the rules and encourage people to follow them. Likewise, we will continue our partnership agreement with London’s 32 local authorities, responding robustly to those businesses who dangerously breach the rules and put health at risk.

“We will not allow the foolhardy or selfish actions of a few jeopardise the safety of the entire city. Officers will not hesitate to use their powers where they encounter deliberate, dangerous or flagrant breaches of the regulations.”