Joint Covid patrols launched to ensure lockdown rules are followed
- Credit: Archant
Police officers have teamed up with Hackney Council to do joint enforcement patrols over the weekend and ensure residents are sticking to the government's lockdown rules.
While the council does not have powers to take action against those not complying with social distancing guidance, enforcement officers will join police in key areas in Hackney where Covid-19 breaches have been reported.
They will be enforcing social distancing and the wearing of masks indoors as well as ensuring people are not mixing with others outside their household or support bubble.
Individuals in breach of coronavirus rules could risk fines of up to £6,400.
Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Hackney's cabinet member for community safety, said: “The majority of Hackney businesses and residents are taking the vital public health guidelines very seriously and are helping to keep Hackney safe.
"However, coronavirus cases are rising rapidly in Hackney, and it’s now more important than ever that we all stick to the rules to limit the spread of coronavirus in the borough."
Rising coronavirus cases in Hackney have put health services under increasing pressure.
You may also want to watch:
Public Health England's data from January 14 shows the borough is facing over 900 cases per 100,000 people, with cases having increased significantly since September.
Cllr Fajana-Thomas added: "Council and police officers will be out this weekend supporting businesses and residents to follow the government regulations, and where people are refusing or repeatedly failing to do so, they will be forced to take action.”
- 1 Hackney road closure campaigners to stand in by-election
- 2 Sewage flooded flat as man struggled to report issues amid cyber-attack
- 3 Hackney activist denies racism but resigns from diversity commission
- 4 Purim celebrations 'will be a bit different this year', says Hackney mayor
- 5 Fortnightly waste collections launched to 'encourage recycling' in Hackney
- 6 Woman rescued from Benthal Road blaze
- 7 Baby Edward: Police confirm biological mother was found
- 8 Hackney Half marathon postponed following government's lockdown roadmap
- 9 'Largest cannabis farm we've ever seen,' say Homerton police
- 10 Finsbury Park trains set to be cancelled for railway work
Council licensing officers will also be out ensuring local hospitality businesses are trading in line with the government's lockdown rules, including the temporary ban on selling alcoholic takeaway drinks unless by delivery.
Businesses refusing or failing to adhere to the rules could face fines of up to £10,000.
For advice and support during the pandemic, visit www.hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus-support
Report directly to the police with issues regarding customers not wearing face coverings over their nose and mouth: https://www.met.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/