London. The government of Boris Johnson called on the British yesterday to respect the rules of confinement or expose themselves to sanctions, given the attitude of those who gather in groups or do not wear a mask in closed places.
“My message today to anyone who refuses to do the right thing is simple: if our police officers, who are out there risking their own lives every day to keep us safe, don’t do their part, they will enforce the regulations and I will support them. “said Interior Minister Priti Patel at a televised press conference.
The United Kingdom, the country most affected by the coronavirus in Europe, registered 1,243 new deaths yesterday – after the record of 1,325 registered on Friday – adding more than 83,200 confirmed deaths.
With 3.1 million positive cases (45,533 in the last 24 hours), the country faces an uncontrolled wave of infections since the discovery of a new strain, apparently much more contagious, and is currently experiencing its third total lockdown.
But “a small minority of people do not respect the rules and that costs lives,” lamented the Secretary of State for Public Safety, Kit Malthouse, in statements to the Sky News channel.
And he warned that the executive is considering stricter measures if the situation does not improve.
The police promised to act more quickly against violators. “But I don’t want people to think that this is some kind of dictatorial force,” Cressida Dick, head of Scotland Yard, told the BBC.
The British Retail Consortium merchants association asked the police to help enforce the use of the mandatory mask, but Malthouse said it is not a role of the security forces.
Use of a mask is not mandatory
Despite the surge in cases, in the United Kingdom it is still not mandatory to cover your mouth outdoors.
Johnson himself found himself at the center of a controversy over a bicycle ride that took him seven miles from Downing Street on Sunday.
The official watchword is to leave home only for essential reasons, such as shopping or exercising “locally.” The term “local is open to interpretation”, justified Malthouse.
On an unusually sunny day, London parks were crowded with groups of people on Saturday when only one person is allowed to meet outside and are required to keep their distance.
The Borough Market, an open-air market much appreciated by tourists and Londoners, imposed the use of masks from Monday, becoming the first public place to do so thanks to specific market regulations dating from before the Victorian era (1837 -1901).