Hancock warns coronavirus ‘remains a threat’ and not to attend protests


There are plans for anti-racism protests across the UK this weekend over the death of George Floyd, and government ministers and the police have warned against attending mass gatherings.

Thousands of protestors have defied the governments advice and have gathered at Parliament Square in Westminster on Saturday.

It is estimated there will be up to 4,000 people attending a demonstration in Bristol, with a march through the city on Sunday, Avon and Somerset police have said.

The government are urging people no to attend large gatherings, and the police have warned that mass gatherings are “unlawful.”

Hancock said, “Like so many I am appalled by the death of George Floyd and I understand why people are deeply upset but we are still facing a health crisis and coronavirus remains a real threat.

“The reason that it is vital that people stick to the rules this weekend is to protect themselves and their family from this horrific disease.

“So please, for the safety of your loved ones, do not attend large gatherings including demonstrations of more than six people.”

The Home Secretary Priti Patel told people, “Please for the safety of all of us, do not attend large gatherings – including protests – of more than six people this weekend.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “The health protection regulations are really clear that it is unlawful.”