Chatting to another family across street breaks coronavirus rules, Priti Patel says – Latest News

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And asked if a family of four could stop and chat with another family of four in the street, she told BBC’s Radio 4: “It is mingling.

From Monday the Government’s “Rule of Six” was imposed, making it illegal to meet in groups any larger than half a dozen.

Home Secretary Priti Patel had earlier said she would grass up her own neighbours, and now she says it is illegal to talk to another family across the street

Priti Patel said families should avoid ‘mingling’

Television presenter Kate Garraway takes part in the Clap for Carers her street. Speaking to your neighbours in more than groups of six is now banned

Pubs could be facing a 9pm curfew if the rates continue to rise

“Coronavirus is increasing.”

Chatting to another family from across the street falls foul of new coronavirus rules, Home Secretary Priti Patel has said.

It comes amid fury at some exemptions to the strict new measures. There was outcry over news that groups of up to 30 can still go grouse hunting.

“The rule of six is about making sure people are being conscientious and not putting people’s health at risk.

There are fears some could be left isolated and be too scared of speaking to their neighbours.

But the new rules could squash the community spirit that flourished during lockdown such as the Clap for Carers and socially-distanced bingo and VE Day parties

She said: “If I was – I’m rarely at home – but if I saw something that was inappropriate, then quite frankly I would effectively call the police, or if it was in a social setting as well.

The hardline politician was also grilled over whether people should report their neighbours for breaking the rules.

“Anyone who is effectively defying the rules, they will be helping to spread coronavirus. That is not a good thing, and obviously we all have a role to play. We’re all taking personal responsibility. We all have to be conscientious to one another.”

“It’s not about dobbing in neighbours. I think it’s all about us taking personal responsibility. If there was a big party taking place it would be right to call the police.”

Casual kickabouts will be banned but Sunday League football can go ahead.

Anyone who flouts the rules can be ordered to pay fixed penalty notices, rising up to £3,200 for repeat offenders.

Halloween will likely be a damp squib this year because trick or treaters will be forbidden from mingling.

In the latest blow to the hospitality sector, punters may have to head home after 9pm if Covid-19 cases don’t fall under the Rule of Six clampdown.

Pubs and bars in the UK could be hit with a 9pm curfew if coronavirus cases do not start falling within the next few weeks, it has been reported.

Priti Patel said families should avoid ‘mingling’ (Image: PA)

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