It was claimed yesterday that police are struggling to control crowds of people in city centres.
In addition, the fine weather coupled with the fact eating and drinking has to be outdoors is a headache for the police.
Officers have been left in a nearly impossible position trying to contain people.
Police struggling to control crowds in city centres. In city centres up and down the country closed roads became party venues.
And it seems that despite the social distancing rules still being in place most chose to ignore them. Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Ken Marsh, commented that once again COVID rules were making it impossible for police to do their job. He said “We are facing a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation still. And Soho is a prime example.
How on earth are we supposed to police that? The local councils have made it easy for people to do pretty much what they want. The council is carrying out regular patrols and are calling the police if there are any major problems. Also in terms of making sure people stick to social distancing it is extremely difficult.” The hospitality trade has made criticism of the “outdoor only” rule. Stating that there is no reason for it and inside trading should be allowed.
Night Time Economy Advisor for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord, said. “We are calling for fairness. Hospitality in the UK has spent half a billion pounds putting all these measures in place.
We cannot understand when we are operating at 50 per cent, with social distancing, table service, track and trace and all these, yet you can walk freely around the high street in and out of shops indoors, It doesn’t seem fair to us.”
Les Langley, who runs a restaurant chain in the North East, commented that. “The whole thing is a complete farce and unsustainable for businesses. Shopkeepers have not been asked to sell their goods out on the pavement.”
The CEO of UK Hospitality, Kate Nicholls, said. “It is a hugely important psychological opening. The ability to get back to reconnect with communities, to reconnect with customers, to bring teams back, many of whom have been off on furlough for five or six months, is very welcome. But it is not an economic success.
The latest statistics suggest that only a quarter of licensed premises opened. And for restaurants that figure is just 12 per cent. Even those that have opened and have traded well, have only been generating around 25 percent of normal revenues. So that is well below break even.
Also, it is absolutely key that there is no wavering from the dates that have been announced to take us out of lockdown.” Everyone will be looking forward to 21st June when the roadmap out of lockdown will lift all restrictions.