Revellers told ‘lives depend’ on sticking to social distancing rules

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Revellers told ‘lives depend’ on sticking to social distancing rules

Revellers are being urged to remember the importance of social distancing as pubs gear up for the second weekend of trade since the lifting of lockdown measures.

Crowds on Old Compton Street in London's Soho last Saturday, dubbed 'Super Saturday', were described as being "out of control", and authorities are keen to avoid similar scenes this weekend.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has told people to "stay safe" and wear a face mask when "out and about".

Image: Revellers have been urged to stick to social distancing guidelines

Alongside a video on Twitter, in which he is wearing a mask, Mr Khan wrote: "Enjoy supporting your local businesses this weekend, but stay safe – lives depend on it.

"This includes wearing a face covering on public transport, in shops and where you can't keep a social distance."

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Many pictured on Old Compton Street last weekend were not wearing face coverings, and with one onlooker estimating that there was between two and three thousand people on the street it meant that social distancing was difficult to carry out.

Westminster City Council said venues would be served clear reminders of their responsibilities and have been asked to implement a "no seat, no service" policy.

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Councillor Matthew Green, cabinet member for business and planning, said: "Last weekend we saw a vast reopening of London's most famous hospitality areas, with a large majority showing a safe and successful example of the new normal for the city's bars, cafes, and restaurants.

"At the same time, we saw isolated instances of crowding in some of our busier areas.

"This is something that cannot happen again as we must ensure the safety of the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Greater Manchester Police Superintendent Chris Hill said last weekend ran smoothly, with just three premises voluntarily closing early following safety advice from officers and the local authority.

He said: "As we approach another weekend, one that promises slightly sunnier weather, I want to remind the public of the importance of continuing to social distance Read More – Source

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