Police told they have no powers to enforce social distancing rules

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Police told they have no powers to enforce social distancing rules

The police were informed that they were not authorized to enforce a social distance of two meters in England.

New guidelines from the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs’ Council urge officials to enforce only what is required by law, adding: “Government policies are not enforceable; B. two meters away, avoiding public transport or wearing face covers in closed rooms ”.

The council, which is included in a document published Wednesday after being dispatched to the armed forces on Tuesday evening, follows the updated laws that come into force.

Neither the original Health Protection Regulation (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) 2020 of March 26th nor the change that came into force on Wednesday at 12.01pm deal specifically with social distance, so that a distance of two meters is not required by law in certain circumstances.

In contrast, two meters of social distance is “enforceable” for police officers in Wales, the council says. But Welsh councils, not police officers, are responsible for ensuring social distancing in the workplace.

The communication refers to the updated law in England for more information: “People are still not allowed to leave their homes without an appropriate excuse or to be outside their homes.

“The regulations update the list of examples of reasonable excuses, but the judgments and discretion of officials are crucial – use the four” E’s “(engage, explain, encourage, enforce).”

The document adds: “Enforcement is a last resort.”

Detailing the expansion of the list of sensible excuses and shops that can now open – including trips to garden centers, outdoor sports facilities, open countryside, and parks, or to meet another member of another household in public or take part in house visits when trying to Buying or selling a property also clarifies that “meetings of three or more people (from different households) are not permitted”.

Going on vacation, including visiting or staying in a vacation home or second home, and visiting friends and family’s homes (other than where a vulnerable person is to be protected or cared for) is not considered an appropriate excuse, police said.

Officials were also asked to be aware of the differences in legislation in Wales and Scotland, especially when patrolling border towns and villages and meeting people traveling outside.

The document states: “Traveling outside in Wales and Scotland for recreation (no movement) can result in crime in these jurisdictions and may not be a reasonable excuse to leave the house.”

Ministers have defended the loosening of coronavirus restrictions in England in the face of signs of confusion and anger at the new rules.

Steps to enter the real estate market mean that people can invite potential buyers to their homes from Wednesday, but still cannot visit family or friends.

Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps insisted that the government use “common sense” and gradually loosen the restrictions if the outbreak is brought under control.

Since ministers encouraged employees to return to work whenever possible, he urged people not to return to public transport and warned that the system would not be able to handle it.

The UK policy changes mean that home buyers and tenants will be able to make purchases and view real estate in person, while visiting real estate agents, developer sales offices, or showrooms is also allowed.

The government estimates that more than 450,000 buyers and tenants have been unable to implement their move plans since the blockade was introduced in March.

Mr. Shapps said that the government is taking a cautious approach – and that restrictions will be reinstated if the disease’s transmission rate increases again.

“We have to understand that we have done such a good job in the past eight weeks that we cannot throw it all away, so these are small steps,” he told BBC Breakfast.

“When someone visits a house (for sale), it’s probably a one-time thing. When you visit your family again, it is likely to be often the case.

“A line has to be drawn somewhere in which we say,” That’s okay, but it’s not “, in order to release things step by step. And here is this line at the moment.”

Other changes that have not been adopted by the decentralized administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland allow people to exercise indefinitely outdoors and sunbathe in parks and public places.

You will also be able to meet someone from another household in the public domain as long as the two-meter rule is followed, while golf clubs, tennis courts and fishing have also been given the green light.

The restrictions on how far people can travel to get to the countryside, national parks and beaches in England have also been lifted. However, people have been warned to respect local communities, to keep their distance and to avoid hot spots or busy areas.

Mr. Shapps said people should continue to avoid public transport, except for essential trips.

“We ask people to be very sensible and not to return to public transport. Even if all trains and buses are back in operation, there will not be enough space. One in ten people can travel without overcrowding, ”he told Sky News.

“It is very important that we offer enough space in public transport to key employees who have no other choice.

“It is very important that people do not overcrow this system, which will be extremely limited for the time being.”

The government has announced an increase in fines for those who break the rules. This will now start at £ 100 in England and will double to £ 3,200 each time the crime is repeated.

Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs, said officials would “continue to use common sense and discretion” to monitor the new rules.

“Public efforts mean that police officers have rarely had to enforce government regulations. I am confident that the vast majority will continue to contribute and will follow the instructions in this next phase, ”he said.

“We can all spend a lot more time outdoors now, and each of us must take responsibility for it, within the social restrictions set by the government.

“Our approach will continue to use common sense and discretion, and will only engage, explain, encourage and enforce as a last resort.”

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