Police chiefs in Britain have warned that law enforcement officers will come into people’s homes and break up their Christmas family celebrations if they disregard lockdown rules which prohibit and limit who or when can gather.
Parts of Britain are currently under “tier 2 and tier 3” restrictions, with higher tiers garnering harsher curtailment, and in those zones it is against the law to meet up with people outside of one’s immediate household or support bubble.
West Midlands Police and Crime Chief David Jamieson said that if people flout the rules, he has instructed his officers to enter homes, break up the gatherings, and separate the households, telling the Telegraph:
“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.”
Though not as stringent, this is reminiscent of what Governor Gavin Newsom is doing in California, where he recently declared that no more than 3 families can get together for thanksgiving, that they must wear masks at all times, that the host must record all names and contact information for whoever is attending, that they must gather outdoors and they can’t gather for more than two hours.
Realizing the madness of what the government is proposing, Jamiesen said that his force is on high alert, with civil unrest being a real possibility.
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.”