Thursday, January 21, 2021

Coronavirus LIVE as police to ‘clamp down’ on lockdown breakers and supermarkets tighten rules

Coronavirus LIVE as police to 'clamp down' on lockdown breakers and supermarkets tighten rules

Police have warned they are set to crack down on those who flout coronavirus lockdown rules as forces move to enforce lockdown restrictions.

Britain’s most senior police officer Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said it is “preposterous” that at this point anyone could be unaware of the need to follow the measures designed to curb Covid-19 cases.

Writing in The Times, she said: “It is preposterous to me that anyone could be unaware of our duty to do all we can to stop the spread of the virus.

“We have been clear that those who breach Covid-19 legislation are increasingly likely to face fines.”

It comes as supermarkets announce they will be enforcing safety measures in stores following a warning from both Boris Johnson and vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi that tighter restrictions may be needed in supermarkets.

An official report found supermarkets are the most common exposure setting for catching Covid-19 in the country.

Morrisons has already confirmed customers who refuse to wear a mask without a medical exemption will be told to leave stores.

While Sainsbury’s said it will have trained security guards at shop entrances to “challenge” any customers not wearing a mask or shopping in groups.

Tesco has also stated that safety remains their “highest priority” and customers were given regular reminders to follow the rules.

However law enforcement sources told the Guardian that police officers would not be enforce mask-wearing in supermarkets – despite the Government crackdown on compliance.

Ministers are reported to be mulling over introducing tougher measures in England, with the wearing of face masks outdoors and banning exercise with people not in their household bubble said to be under consideration.

The Welsh Health Minister is urging those in Wales to wear face coverings in any public place – indoors or outdoors.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned on Monday that the NHS is under “very significant pressure” and told the public to reduce all social contact that is “not absolutely strictly necessary” in a bid to cut cases.

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