Clap for Carers: Crowds applaud on Westminster Bridge
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The British public is still in lockdown despite eased restrictions. With the news of Dominic Cummings, the PMs most trusted advisor, breaking the rules to travel to Durham, public trust has fallen and reports of people taking the lockdown less seriously are emerging. Flouting lockdown rules is against the law - but with some incidents of folks being reported with little justification, when should you report someone and how?
When should you report someone?
According to the guidelines on the Police UK’s website, you should only report someone for breaking lockdown “if you feel there is a significant issue or serious breach of the restrictions.”
Remember that while you may witness someone leaving their house several times a day, you do not know the reasons they are leaving the house.
They could be a key worker, or they could be volunteering for a cause such as the NHS volunteer scheme.
Police have asked citizens to report any obvious breaches of the lockdown rules (Image: GETTY)
You should only travel if it is essential (Image: GETTY)
They could also be caring for multiple people who are shielding and cannot access essential supplies on their own.
They may also be leaving for personal reasons, such as an argument.
Domestic abuse cases have risen sharply since the lockdown began.
You could jeopardize someone’s safety if you force them to return to their home without knowing what the full situation is.
Lockdown measures are in place to stop the spread of coronavirus (Image: GETTY)
How do you report someone?
If you believe someone is genuinely ignoring the lockdown rules without a good reason, you can report them using any online form on your local police website.
However this is only being used in certain parts of the country, so if you are not in the area you should call 101.
The police have advised that if there is a threat to life, a risk of serious damage to property, a serious offence in progress or serious disruption to the public (or could be), or it feels like the situation could get heated, then you should call 999 instead.
The police have been criticised for their interpretations of the lockdown regulations throughout the crisis.
Last night the police were seen clearly not enforcing social distancing guidelines of staying up to two metres away from others in public places during the Clap for Carers on Westminster Bridge.
The video, posted to Twitter by the Metropolitan Police themselves, shows officers joining in with the weekly clap surrounded by a large number of civilians who were not observing the guidelines.
The videos show police cars with their lights flashing and people lining the bridge near the Houses of Parliament.
Why so many people were gathered on the bridge in the first place remains unclear.
You are allowed out for exercise once a day under current rules (Image: GETTY)
Following the criticism, the Metropolitan Police released a statement reading: Officers, along with other emergency service workers, came together last night on Westminster Bridge to celebrate the work of all key workers.
A large number of members of the public also gathered to express their gratitude.
While many people adhered to social distancing guidance, it appears that some did not.
We regularly remind our officers of the importance of social distancing where practical, and will continue to do so.
The Prime Ministers official spokesperson said: We would ask that everyone takes responsibility and adheres to social distancing so we can safely show appreciation to those fighting coronavirus.
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