Priti Patel has accused a “minority of people” of endangering the public’s health and flaunting the lockdown rules.
Speaking at a press conference at 10 Downing Street, the Home Secretary said the “terrible” death toll underscores the need for people to follow guidelines.
While “the bulk of the public” is complying, nearly 45,000 fixed charges have been issued by the police across the UK.
Godfather said, “My message today to those who refuse to do the right thing is simple: If you don’t play your part, our selfless cops, who risk their own lives every day to protect us, will enforce the rules .
“And I’ll help you protect our NHS and save lives.”
She added that “far too often” police officers risked their health and life by “coming into close contact with people, including those who deny the existence of coronavirus to protect us all”.
She added: “We are now at a critical stage in our fight against this virus.
“To protect those who matter to you and our hospitals’ ability to protect us all, please stay home to protect the NHS and save lives.”
Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs Council, said officers would not “waste time” arguing with people who “do not care” about the safety of others.
He told the Downing Street press conference that armed forces across the UK had issued nearly 45,000 fixed criminal charges.
Mr Hewitt outlined a number of recent examples of “irresponsible behavior” – including a boat party in Hertfordshire with over 40 people and a minibus full of people from different households walking from Cheltenham to Wales.
He said: “Organizing parties or other large gatherings is dangerous, selfish and completely irresponsible in the face of the current threat to which we are exposed. Organizers will be punished. But also the people who choose to take part.
“It is dangerous not to wear a face covering on a bus or train. It puts the lives of other travelers at risk, including those critical workers who must continue to use public transportation to do their important work. If you are not exempt on these systems, you can face a fine. “