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Met plans ahead of the final weekend before Christmas

News   •   Dec 18, 2020 13:32 GMT

The Met is today (Friday, 18 December) setting out the policing plan as London approaches a weekend under Tier 3 “Very High Alert” restrictions.

Across the Capital, additional officers will be deployed to encourage communities to comply with the rules and to swiftly clamp down on those wilfully and dangerously ignoring them.

There will be a keen focus to disrupting any large gatherings, paying particular attention to the areas with the highest infection rates.

These plans also take into account any protests planned for this weekend, where organisers must adhere to strict Government regulations on organising and attending an assembly as well as their submitted Risk Assessment.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, said: “Where we become aware of planned events that will breach regulations, we will try to engage with organisers or venues to make them fully aware of the restrictions that are in place to keep people safe.

“However, if people do not listen to our advice and fail to comply with the rules, we will be forced to take enforcement action.

“With infection rates rising rapidly across the capital, we all need to play our part in preventing the spread of the virus.

“This is the final weekend before Christmas, so now is not the time for complacency. I know Londoners know what they should and should not be doing and I would urge everyone to act sensibly and do their part to keep our city safe.

“Sticking to the guidelines put in place to keep us all safe and well is now more important than ever.

“This weekend we will ensure we deal with the activity of a few so as not to expose our communities at even greater risk during this pandemic.”