The rapid increase in COVID-19 cases sadly continues, causing national concern and effecting many communities. Whilst Northern England has been particularly in focus, London cases are also worryingly on the rise.
There has been concerted efforts across the capital to improve adherence to the restrictions, which the Government has introduced, to help control the virus, prevent its spread and ultimately save lives. Together with the three local authorities of Lewisham, Royal Greenwich and Bexley and other partners we have sought to ensure that members of the public are aware of and complying with the legislation, which will continue.
Local authorities will take primacy for enforcement activity around the closure of licensed premises as well as restriction of access to public places. Council officers and wardens will be able to share information and work with businesses and licensed properties to ensure the legislation is complied with.
The Met will continue with our 4E’s approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging members of public to follow with the regulations. However if people refuse to comply, officers will take enforcement action, either by Fixed Penalty Notice or arrest.
Recent enforcement action taken by the Met has included shutting dangerous unlicensed music events and the SE-BCU will continue to monitor intelligence as we move into the weekend.
We know many people are anxious about being on public transport, particularly if they see others not complying with the need to where a face covering so you may also be interested to know that since 4 July, TfL enforcement officers have carried out around 105,000 interventions with people not wearing a face covering or not wearing it in the correct way, i.e. not covering the nose and mouth. Most people have complied after being spoken to by an officer. Around 7,600 individuals were stopped from boarding and 1,800 people have been removed from services. Fixed Penalty Notices are a last resort, but they have been used where necessary, with around 400 fines issued by TfL officers to those refusing to comply.
Londoners have made enormous sacrifices during the response to this virus and this partnership approach is designed to target those who continually flout the rules. It isn’t fair, and majority of the public who continue to try hard to stop the spread of the virus rightly expect us to do something. We will continue to take action to help protect our communities and ask everyone to support us by spreading this message and following the rules.
In case you missed it
On Tuesday evening the Commissioner was taking calls from the public on Eddie Nestor’s show on BBC Radio London. They discussed a range of topics from the tragic murder of Sergeant Matt Ratana, diversity within the Met, Covid enforcement and stop and search. If you missed it you can listen again via BBC Sounds – scroll to 1:07:00 in the timeline.