Thinking of inviting some people over for Christmas festivities or dinner? If you live in the U.K. and your guests aren’t in your “social bubble,” then the police might show up at your door.
Police chiefs around the country are warning people that even family celebrations, if they violate the rules of only getting together with people in your household, is against the rules. If your adult children don’t live with you, or you don’t live with your parents, then you can’t get together.
How will they know? Well, it sounds like they are relying on neighbors to report people.
David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, said officers will investigate reported rule breakers.
Mr. Jamieson said:
“If we think there’s large groups of people gathering where they shouldn’t be, then police will have to intervene. If, again, there’s flagrant breaking of the rules, then the police would have to enforce. It’s not the police’s job to stop people enjoying their Christmas. However, we are there to enforce the rules that the Government makes, and if the Government makes those rules then the Government has to explain that to the public.”
And it’s not just Christmas. The police are also watching for violations during the upcoming Hanukkah and Diwali celebration.
Jamieson recognizes that many people are frustrated with the lockdown and likely getting to the end of their patience.
“We’re sitting on a time bomb here. We’re getting very near the stage where you could see a considerable explosion of frustration and energy. Things are very on the edge in a lot of communities and it wouldn’t take very much to spark off unrest, riots, damage.”
Yep, even on this side of the pond, we’re getting pretty tired of it all. But at least we’re not looking to raid people’s homes on Christmas…at least, not yet.