Posted by Devenia Besant on 21 May 2020

No Lockdowns during Lockdown.

The phrase ‘Social Distancing’ was an alien concept up until March this year.

The Coronavirus pandemic inflicted a new way of life which at first was reminiscent of a dystopian film.
‘Social distancing’ ‘Lockdown’ and the ‘two metre’ rule have now become an ingrained normality as we have been up until recently instructed to ‘Stay Home-Save Lives-Protect Our NHS’

On Sunday 10th May, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced a new Coronavirus Instruction which is;
‘Stay Alert-Control The Virus-Save Lives.’

The lockdown is still in place, in which schools, places of worship, libraries, non essential shops etc are still firmly closed.

The rules regarding meeting others outside your household have changed ever so slightly, meaning parties, gatherings and social get togethers are still AGAINST the law.

However you can meet one other person outside your household in an open space.
Eg; meeting one friend for a walk or a game of golf, maintaining social distancing at all times.

Unfortunately, the combination of warm weather and a slight relaxation on the lockdown rules has meant that some may  become disillusioned with the seriousness of the continued threat of Covid-19 and therefore opened themselves up for misinterpretation of the rules regarding social gatherings which are still very much AGAINST THE LAW.

Over 23 forces including Surrey Police and Met Police have introduced tools enabling the public to alert them if a social gathering or party is taking place in their neighbourhood.

The police have been granted extra power to break down and disperse groups of more than two people including house parties and social gatherings where there is other people from various households.

Fines can be enforced to every individual within a gathering where social distancing is not taking place.

According to the Police UK site, if you believe that someone is ignoring the lockdown rules without a valid reason, such as: fleeing domestic abuse you can report them using the specific Covid-19 Lockdown form on your local police website.

Alternatively you can dial 101 if you don’t have web access.

Only ever dial 999 if there is a threat to life, a threat of violence or damage to property.

So think before you invite your friends or family over for a garden party.
We all miss our families but the rules are enforceable by law and can result in a criminal offence with a hefty fine to follow.

For more information on how to report a social gathering or someone who is ignoring lockdown rules without reason visit :

Stay safe,

Kat xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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