- The police have reportedly been able to use reasonable force to ensure that people comply with the blocking measures.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced strict new rules for social distancing on Monday.
- Britons can only leave their homes for essential reasons such as buying food and exercise.
- The police will first encourage people inside, then fine them, and then be able to use reasonable violence as a last resort.
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The British police are reported to be able to use reasonable force against those who refuse to comply with Coronavirus blocking measures, as discussed by the ministers.
Officers will begin a "four-point plan" when they see people who appear to be violating the ban announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday. The Guardian newspaper reported.
This is how it should work:
- They will first contact the person or group concerned and ask why they are not there.
- You will then encourage the person to go home.
- If the person fails to comply, the officer will fine them.
- As a last resort, the police will be able to use "reasonable force" to make people return home.
There will be exceptions for certain people, including those who flee domestic violence, religious ministers, the homeless, and separated parents who visit their children, the Guardian reported, adding that there would be no exceptions for people who want to visit their friends when they don't live together.
This week, footage was released on social media showing the police in West London driving sunbathers out of a park and saying, "This is not a holiday, it is closed."
Johnson announced a strict new ban on Monday to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Scientific modeling by experts had convinced the government that less stringent measures would result in the National Health Service being overwhelmed by patients suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
According to the new measures, people are only allowed to leave their homes to buy the essentials and to do sports once a day. Johnson said Monday that the police would have the authority to fine, but did not provide further details on how the measures would be enforced.
A poll released on Wednesday found that several million people in the UK, with a population of around 66.5 million people, did not comply with the new measures.
The JL Partners survey, on behalf of ITVfound that 5% of people still do not wash their hands more than usual.
Meanwhile, 6% of people still shake hands and hug, while 8% of people shop when not necessary. Seven percent of people said they still see people outside their immediate family.
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