THE police chief of the West Midlands has appealed for people across Coventry, Solihull and Birmingham to stick to the government’s new Covid-19 restrictions.
Boris Johnson’s ban on meetings of groups of more than six people in England begins on Monday September 14. The rules will apply across England to all ages and in any setting either indoors and outdoors, at home or a pub, but differ in Wales and Scotland. Households and support bubbles of more than six people are excluded.
On-the-spot fines of £100, which will double on repeat offences up to £3,200, will be enforced for those breaking the new rules, which the PM said were to “avoid a second national lockdown”.
Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell now face further increased lockdown measures following a surge in infections.
In a new video Chief Constable Dave Thompson says he understands it’s been a “tough time” and frustrating that limits on socialising have again been introduced just when people were enjoying the chance to spend more time with friends and family.
He said: “We were just getting used to society opening up more, seeing friends, family, loved ones and getting together – but it’s important we all take responsibility to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
“By all acting responsibly we can reduce the risk of harm to our loved ones and keep our communities safer.”
Mr Thompson stressed that our officers will again aim to educate and encourage compliance with the restrictions and will focus efforts on disrupting flagrant breaches, such as large gatherings or unlicensed music events.
You can watch the video here: youtube.com/watch?v=s3QG1TzL7Hk&feature=emb_title