Not so long ago, police descending upon a baby shower would’ve made a great idea for a grotesque comedy sketch, but this is reality in Britain during the pandemic and it doesn’t seem funny at all.

A celebration of new life, attended by more than 20 people at a home in East London, was interrupted by officers on Sunday. The police went in to find guests sitting behind a long table with catering and a balloon arch in the far end of the room.

“Who doesn’t live here?” said a female officer in bodycam footage released by the Metropolitan Police. The question was aimed at singling out those who came to the party in violation of lockdown rules that forbid meeting people from outside one’s own household or support bubble.

“Ah, a baby shower. OK,” she added when the purpose of the gathering apparently dawned on her. Without straying away from the Covid-19 rulebook, the officer then informed the guests that they were breaking coronavirus restrictions and that it was a finable offence. “We had a call obviously,” the law enforcer said, explaining the reason for the late arrival of the police at the party.

“While I fully understand that people want to get together to celebrate events, this is definitely not the time to do it in person,” Stephen Clayman, MET police chief superintendent, said of the incident in Hornchurch, which ended up with the organisers of the party – men aged 22 and 44 – being fined £200 for breaking lockdown rules.

The baby shower could’ve had “tragic consequences” as it increased the risk of the “terrible virus” spreading among the guests and the wider community, he pointed out, adding that the MET police was determined to “deal robustly” with lockdown violators.

Also on

Police officers ask media and onlookers to get back as they detain an anti-lockdown protester in Clapham, south London, on January 9, 2021 as life continues in Britain's third lockdown that prohibits large public gatherings in an effort to control surging cases of Covid-19.
Wedding with 400 guests busted in London Jewish neighborhood, potentially adding £10,000-fine to expenses

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Source link