Britons flouting the coronavirus social distancing measures have been told to “show some solidarity” to frontline workers putting their lives on the line to help halt the coronavirus outbreak. This follows the latest report from Greater Manchester Police who were forced to break up 660 parties last weekend. Former Commons Speaker Baroness Betty Boothroyd told Sky News that she “deprecated” anyone breaking the rules and had a stern message for them.
When asked if there should be a tougher lockdown, the 91-year-old said: “I regard the police as my friends, I was brought up to believe the police as my friends.
“I think the police have a duty to do, to keep people separated if they see them in groups like that, to break it up and let them know what to do.
“I think it’s about time that those people who do this to show some solidarity to the nursing staff and the people who are putting their lives on the line for all of us.
“I don’t want to see a police state, I want nothing like that.”
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Greater Manchester Police were forced to break up 660 parties last weekend.
She continued: “But I do think the police have now got a role to play in seeing that these people do what they’re asked to do in order to save this country.”
As Easter weekend approaches, there are fears that those restless with the lockdown may break the stringent rules to spend time outside. For many, the lockdown measures can make Britons feel lonely and very isolated.
Baroness Boothroyd told Sky: “I deprecate those people who don’t pay attention to the rules and regulations, and go out in groups or have their friends in for a meal or for tea or for coffee or something.
“Let me say this to them: the nursing staff, doctors, all carers are putting their lives on the line night and day for all of us to save our lives.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also appealed to the nation to not break the lockdown this weekend.
She added: “What they are doing is they are destroying everything that is being done on their behalf, and I deprecate what they are doing.
“I have a message to them: stay home, for goodness’ sake!
“Stay with your own family, keep indoors or close together, and keep this distancing which is hugely important.”
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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also appealed to the nation to not break the lockdown this weekend, saying: “Let me be very clear about this – the measures will have to stay in place until we’ve got the evidence that clearly shows we’ve moved beyond the peak.
“I know these restrictions take their toll day in, day out on people’s livelihoods, on people’s quality of life, on people’s mental health.
“And I appreciate it is often the little things that hurt the most.
“With the Easter Bank Holiday coming up, I normally spend it with my two boys, their grandparents, doing an Easter egg hunt and I know there’s going to be lots of people who would normally be planning a family get together or just a day in the sunshine with friends and loved ones.
“Unfortunately, right now, we just can’t do those sorts of things and I’m really sorry about that.”