STOPPING to chat with another family in the street would break the ‘rule of six’ law, Priti Patel said today.
The Home Secretary said any “mingling” with a group of over six would risk those people being slapped with a £100 fine.
And she admitted today she would snitch on her own neighbours if they were spreading coronavirus and breaking rules.
It came as the new ‘rule of six’ laws came into force yesterday in England – banning anyone from gathering in groups of more than that.
Ms Patel was asked on the BBC’s Radio 4 today whether a family of four could stop and chat with another family of four in the street.
But she replied: “It is mingling.
“The rule of six is about making sure people are being conscientious and not putting people’s health at risk.
“Coronavirus is increasing.”
It came as:
- Britain faces a testing crisis as thousands of people are unable to get their hands on vital tests
- The shortage is having an impact on the NHS as staff have to isolate and can’t get the all-clear to return to work
Ms Patel refused to say today if ministers are looking at rationing tests to those who really need them, or whether they would introduce an order of priority.
She said that capacity was the highest it had ever been, and it was increasing every day.
Matt Hancock last week suggested that if too many people keep trying to get a test that they are not eligible for, they may be forced to come up with a new system.
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