“Crystal” drunk people will not respect the rules of social distancing

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Drinkers in Soho, London, as coronavirus locking restrictions are relaxed across England. Credit: Pennsylvania

Drunkards are unable to distance themselves socially, said the president of the Police Federation as pubs reopened in England for the first time since coronavirus confinement.

John Apter said it was “crystal clear” that revelers would not follow the meter rule anymore as restrictions were relaxed on Saturday.

Professor Chris Whitty said the pandemic “is far from over” and urged the public to follow the rules of social distancing when pubs and restaurants reopen.

But images of London’s Soho showed crowded streets until the early hours of Sunday.

Mr Apter, who was stationed in Southampton where he was dealing with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fighting and more angry drunks,” said: “What was clear was that is that drunkards cannot / do not want to distance themselves socially.

“It was a busy night, but the shift managed to cope. I know that other regions have had problems with assaulting officers. “

There were also unrest in northern Nottinghamshire, where four people were arrested and several pubs decided to close after alcohol-related antisocial behavior.

Rafal Liszewski, store manager at Clonezone on Soho’s Old Compton Street in London, described the crowds in the area Saturday night after the pubs were allowed to trade again as “out of control”.

“Saturday started very easily. But you could feel tension in the air, ”the 36-year-old woman told the PA news agency.

“Around 1 pm, crowds started arriving… quickly everything got out of hand and at 8 pm to 9 pm, it was a real street party with people dancing and drinking.

“Almost no one wore a mask and no one respected social distance … to be honest with so many people on a street, it was physically impossible.”

Liszewski, originally from Poland but now living in Finchley, estimated that there were between two and three thousand people on the street, but his store only allowed seven customers at a time.

Late-night drinkers in Soho dance on the streets until the wee hours of Sunday morning. Credit: Pennsylvania

But Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted that the vast majority of people acted responsibly the first day the pubs reopened.

Speaking at Sky’s Ridge on Sunday, Mr. Hancock said, “Well, I think from what I’ve seen, although there are contrary images, very, very broadly, people have acted responsibly.

“The large proportion of people, the vast majority of people do, I think, the right thing.”

However, he added, “But of course we will take action when we need it when … if the minority breaks the rules.” “

On those who have no social distance, Mr. Hancock said, “Well, of course we will keep that close, and you have seen, for example, in Leicester, but also in other places that we do not refuse to take more drastic measures if that is what is necessary to control the virus. ”

Hancock said the government’s message to the public was “enjoy the new freedoms, but do it safely.”

A major easing of foreclosure measures in England saw pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas reopen on Saturday under changes to the social distancing rules.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and government experts have urged people to follow the rules to avoid creating a second wave of coronavirus.

Speaking on Friday, Professor Whitty said, “None of us believe, and I’m sure no one watching that believes, it’s a safe next step.” This is absolutely not the case, which is why we have to be very serious about it.

“There is no doubt that these are environments whose main task is to bring people together, it is a good thing to do socially, but it is also a good thing from the point of view of the virus.

“Therefore, we need to have a really clear and disciplined approach to try to maintain social distance while enjoying the ads. “

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