Policing the restriction on large groups or gatherings – UKNIP
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Policing the restriction on large groups or gatherings

Although some guidance from Government has changed, Health Protection Regulations remain in place with regard to gatherings and large groups.

Chief Superintendent Karen Findlay, Silver Commander for the Met’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, said: “I would like to extend a big thank you to members of the public for the continued effort and support they have shown us so far, in adhering to the guidelines set out by the Government.

“As we head into another weekend, I would like to ask everyone to continue in the same vein, while the guidance from the Government has changed, restrictions are still in place.

“For this weekend, we appreciate that members of the public will be going outside to open spaces alone, or with members of their household, or with one other member of another household as this will benefit their mental and physical well-being.

“However, it is important to remind everyone that larger groups participating in, for example, games of football or other group sport in the park, outdoor concerts or parties, protest, marches or assemblies are still not permitted.

“The public can expect officers to be out patrolling this weekend; they will be supported by the Mounted Branch and our Special Constables as they continue to engage with the public, explaining the restrictions and encouraging people to comply with the rules.

“In the event of spontaneous or planned mass gatherings taking place in a public space this weekend, officers will engage and encourage people to comply with the conditions in order to reduce the risk to public health.

“The majority of Londoners are listening and adhering to the guidance set out, but where necessary, we will be turning to enforcement as a last resort.

“Our focus is on keeping people safe.”