When Nottingham Police arrived at an address in Mansfield after reports of a hot tub party in progress. They were told by the owner of the property and party host that he “didn’t believe in the lockdown rules.”
Hot tub party host gets court summons: Members from 5 different households were in attendance. They then reported him to receive a court summons. Under the strict rules in place to combat the second wave of the coronavirus mixing of households is banned. When Boris Johnson announced the new rules back in September. He tried to discourage people from shopping their neighbours unless they were “Animal House” parties with hot tubs and the like”.
In a statement the officers who attended the party said that when asked for his details the party host refused to give them. And when they explained the rules his reply was. “I don’t believe in the COVID-19 legislation”. And he “continued to be obstructive.” He was reported for a summons and six other people were told to go home.
Steve Cooper, Assistant Chief Constable, said. “I find it pretty astonishing that anyone would think it is OK to behave in this sort of way. When there has been clear guidance given around not mixing households. We are still very much in a lockdown as a nation. And we need to keep abiding by these laws. COVID is real and has the potential to kill people and we cannot forget this.
Everyone has to do their bit to limit the spread of the virus and keep people safe. Our approach has always been to engage, explain and encourage people to act responsibly. But we won’t hesitate to use enforcement action where necessary. As we continue to do all we can to protect our communities.”
In a separate incident, a homeowner was issued a fixed penalty notice. After police came across a party attended by 17 people from different households in Mansfield in the early hours of Tuesday.
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