Local COVID alert level: high

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Message from local Police Commander Marcus Barnett:

You will have seen the Government’s announcement that from 00:01hrs on Saturday, 17 October London’s local alert level will be increased from “medium” to “high”. Across all of London’s 32 boroughs, the key new restrictions in top of those in place are:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden/other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
  • More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know

As these new measures are introduced, Londoners can expect to see additional patrols by officers to discourage and deal with breaches of the regulations. A key area of focus for
officers will be targeting evening periods near bars and pubs, where breaches of the regulations are more commonly recorded.

Communities can expect to see an increase in our efforts to deal with the most deliberate, harmful and flagrant breaches of the regulations. An example of this is our action against
the owner of a wedding venue who allowed an event with 100 people – they have been reported for a £10,000 fine: https://bit.ly/2SZazW2

This is a critical moment in London’s fight against this deadly virus, and over the coming weeks we know the vast majority of Londoners will make the right decisions in order to keep themselves and their families safe. As we move into this new phase, I would urge you all to work with us and encourage our communities to comply with the regulations.

Central East BCU
Hackney and Tower Hamlets Partner Message

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