Families stopping to talk in the street would be in breach of the rule of six restrictions, the home secretary has said. Priti Patel told the BBC that two families of four stopping for a chat on the way to the park was “absolutely mingling”.
She said she would report her neighbours if they broke the rules. The rules restrict indoor and outdoor gatherings in England and Scotland, and indoor groups in Wales.
The new measures mean police can break up groups larger than six, with fines of up to £3,200 if people flout the rules. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Patel said that two families of four stopping for a chat on the way to the park was “absolutely mingling”.
“You have got to put this in the context of coronavirus and keeping distance, wearing masks,” she said.
“The rule of six is about making sure that people are being conscientious and not putting other people’s health at risk.”