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Staffordshire’s police chief says he remains hopeful enforcement action won’t be necessary when new social gathering rules are introduced.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the new rules which see only six people allowed to gather together.

The move – which will be introduced from Monday (14th September) – is in response to a rise in coronavirus cases across the country.

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said Staffordshire Police would take action where necessary to enforce the rules – but said he hoped the need to do so would be minimal.

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan

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“It is vitally important that we all follow the regulations and restrictions in place which include social distancing and increased hygiene measures, as well as those covering social gatherings which will be limited to six people both indoors and outside.

“This continues to be a joint effort between the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and all partners including local businesses, and I want to again thank the vast majority of the public who are continuing to follow these rules.

“Officers will continue to be out in communities – engaging, explaining and encouraging people to act responsibly.

“We will take enforcement action where necessary but the efforts of the public over the past few months have meant police officers have rarely had to enforce the Government regulations here in Staffordshire and I continue to be grateful for the approach of so many people who have heeded previous messages.

“I am confident the vast majority will continue to do as asked and follow the latest guidance on gatherings as we work together to control the virus and keep people safe.”

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, Staffordshire Police

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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  1. The new rule seems rather than having anything much to do with social distancing – a means to prevent otherwise lawful protest. How very strange that one of the exemptions is for grouse hunting (Tories) who can gather in groups up to 30. Are there any non Tory voting hunters? The other weekend I walked past the brilliant re-surfaced tennis courts in Beacon Park. Dozens of children in very close proximity. There doesn’t look to be any social distancing going on in schools either. So where is the sense in this new rule? There is none. It’s about control of the people and engendering fear. It’s going to get a lot worse. Dire times. There’s little doubt we are heading towards martial law with a No Deal Brexit. There are going to be food shortages and medicine shortages. It’s going to be Tory created chaos.

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