Cops WILL break-up large Christmas parties if revellers outrageously flout the Covid bubble rulesNovember 24, 2020
POLICE WILL break up Christmas parities if revellers outrageously flout the festive bubbles rules.
The latest guidance to save the holidays has made it clear that police are expected to enforce large gatherings.
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It comes as police have previously said they don't want to break up people's Christmas festivities.
However, this afternoon's crunch COBRA summit has made it clear that the current ban on gatherings of 30 or more will still be in place.
This means, police will be able to break up any Christmas parties that exceed the festive rules hammered out today.
Last week, Dame Cressida Dick said cops have "other things to do" than barge in on lunches to enforce Covid rules throughout the holiday.
The Metropolitan Police chief said officers won’t be bursting into homes or knocking on doors unless there is evidence of a "huge" party.
Dame Cressida had also stressed police do not have powers of forcing entry into people’s homes, as the nation is asked to follow the rules at Christmas.
Up to three households can form a Christmas bubble from December 23 to 27 and will have to form an exclusive bubble and not meet with others.
Bubbles will be allowed indoors, in public outdoor spaces and go to church together.
Christmas bubbles are not allowed to meet up in hospitality settings – which includes pubs, restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues.
It also includes a five-day travel window for Brits to be able to see loved ones at last.
Sage scientists have been modelling the impact of groups bigger than six meeting up, The Sun revealed last week.
The details of the plan include:
- As first revealed by The Sun last week, leaders hammered out a plan to allow people to meet up for several days over the festive period from the 23rd to the 27th
- Three households will be allowed to meet up with no limits on numbers
- They will have to form an exclusive bubble and not meet others
- There will be a relaxation of restrictions on overnight stays, and people will be allowed to travel freely across Tiers
- People in their 'Christmas bubble' will be able to go to church or public spaces together – but wont be able to go to the pub or out for meals together
Speaking following the meeting, Michael Gove said this evening: “The UK-wide agreement reached today will offer hope for families and friends who have made many sacrifices over this difficult year.
“We know that the Christmas period this year will not be normal, but
following constructive discussions between the UK Government and the
Devolved Administrations, families and friends will now have the option to
meet up in a limited and cautious way across the UK should they wish.
“In coming to this agreement, we have listened to scientific and clinical
advice on how best to minimise the risk and reach a balanced and workable set of rules that we hope will allow people to spend time together at this
important time of year.”
Joint statement on Christmas rules
As 2020 draws to a close, we recognise it has been an incredibly difficult year for us all.
We have all had to make significant sacrifices in our everyday lives, and many religious and community groups have already had to change or forgo their customary celebrations to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives.
This cannot be a ‘normal’ Christmas. But as we approach the festive period, we have been working closely together to find a way for family and friends to see each other, even if it is for a short time, and recognising that it must be both limited and cautious.
Even where it is within the rules, meeting with friends and family over Christmas will be a personal judgement for individuals to take, mindful of the risks to themselves and others, particularly those who are vulnerable.
We need everyone to think carefully about what they do during this period, balancing some increased social contact with the need to keep the risk of increased transmission of the virus as low as possible.
This is particularly important when considering those who are vulnerable, and before deciding to come together over the festive period we urge the consideration of alternative approaches such as the use of technology or meeting outside.
In this context, the four administrations have reached agreement on a
single set of UK-wide measures to help people come together with their loved ones in a way that is as safe as possible.
Today we have agreed that:
*Travel restrictions across the four administrations and between tiers will be lifted to provide a window for households to come together between the 23rd and 27th of December.
*Up to three households can form an exclusive ‘bubble’ to meet at home during this period. When a bubble is formed it is fixed, and must not be changed or extended further at any point.
*Each Christmas bubble can meet at home, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place, but existing, more restrictive rules on hospitality and meeting in other venues will be maintained throughout this period.
It is important that everyone respects and abides by the rules of each
nation wherever they choose to spend the festive period.
Where there are any variations in our approach, these will be communicated by each administration accordingly. Further guidance will be provided in due course.
The winter holiday period is a time often spent with family and friends, with schools and offices closing and people travelling over the bank holidays.
Many have already begun making their plans, and we are today
providing clarity to help people make the right choices for them, and enjoy time with those closest to them while staying within the rules to protect us all.
As first revealed by The Sun last week, leaders hammered out a plan to allow people to meet up for several days over the festive period – likely the 23th or 24th to the 27th or 28th.
It's likely that whatever plan is agreed, extra rules will be needed in the run up to Christmas and afterwards to control the impact of allowing families to mix.
Although cases have been steadily falling this week, 11,299 more positive cases were reported today, along with more than 600 deaths.
Britain will go into a tier system next Wednesday after the national lockdown in England ends.
More places are expected to be put into the top level – Tier 3 – which will see pubs, restaurants and indoor entertainment shut.
People will be banned from household mixing until Christmas.
In Tier 2 they will also be unable to see other households inside, and can't drink at the pub without having a substantial meal either.
Gyms, beauty salons and shops are set to reopen.
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