The UK is stuck with the order to go out on essential trips only and not to gather in groups of more than two, but these swimmers in a London park have not received the message.
Hence, the police decided to make it very loud and very clear.
They used a loudspeaker to get the groups moving., Shouting, “Can you all go home please? It’s not a vacation, it’s a block, which means you don’t just come to sunbathe.”
Shepherds Bush Green agents shared a video of them in action, saying: “The officers approach and give clear advice to those planning on sunbathing as a group while we have a national health emergency.
“We will continue to do our best for the public and the NHS. Please don’t just sit in a group.”
A team in the western Midlands found a group of 20 people who had a barbecue despite the new guidelines.
They were spotted “standing shoulder to shoulder” and hiding in a buffet
People who break the coronavirus blocking rules will be slapped with an initial £ 30 fine and could end up in court if they don’t pay.
On Monday, Boris Johnson said that more severe restrictions on the movement of people during the crisis would be applied by the police and warned that those who ignored them would be fined.
Officers will have the power to disperse meetings by banning the meetings of more than two people apart from those who live together.
On Tuesday, Johnson’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has given clear instructions on behalf of the government on the actions the public is required to take to help prevent the spread of the virus, protect the national health system and save lives.
“As with existing laws, the overwhelming majority of the public can be expected to follow the rules without any enforcement action being required.
“We would expect compliance to begin immediately.”
The punishment would be a fixed penalty initially set at £ 30 but “we will keep it under control and we can increase it significantly if it is necessary to ensure public compliance”.
“You would expect the police attention to be the dispersion of the groups,” said the Prime Minister’s spokesman.
Failure to pay a penalty may be subject to criminal prosecution and conviction, he added.
By Thursday at the latest, the rules will be authorized to allow the police to impose fines under the 1984 Public Health (Disease Control) Act for England and Wales.