A new law has been pushed through which has now made it illegal to protest and gatherings of more than six people is now illegal and can be fully enforced by the police.
MPs unanimously approved the new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2020.
This comes as London and the UK have seen more than 210,000 people protesting over the death of George Floyd in Black Lives Matter demonstrations the last two weeks, fearing a second wave of coronavirus.
The government’s website states, the new law has been created “in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus.”
The website adds, “During the emergency period … no person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place—
(a)outdoors, and consists of more than six persons, or
(b)indoors, and consists of two or more persons.”
The Metropolitan Police will now be under immense pressure to enforce the law after a series of protests.
As pubs are now opening for takeaway only drinks, the police will now be liable to enforce this new law, as scenes across London shows hundreds of drinkers cramped together and not applying social distancing rules, and have not obeyed the rules thus far.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will also be under pressure to ensure that the law by officers are being carried out.