From The Guardian:
Senior officers reject Matt Hancock’s support for greater role in overseeing Covid rules
Vikram Dodd, Jessica Elgot, Sean Ingle, Peter Walker and Jasper Jolly
Mon 11 Jan 2021 20.18 GMT Last modified on Tue 12 Jan 2021 04.37 GM
Police chiefs say they don’t have enough officers to patrol supermarkets.
The police have set themselves up for a conflict with ministers by insisting that they will not enforce mask-wearing in supermarkets amid growing calls for tougher Covid measures including a crackdown on the number of people in workplaces.
Sources said the government was actively considering telling people to wear masks outdoors as the NHS faces its “most dangerous” point. A further 4,193 people were reported to have gone to hospital with coronavirus on Monday, bringing the current total to 32,294.
A ban on people in England walking or exercising with anyone from outside their household is also on the table, with sources saying it was “under active consideration”.
Ministers have been urged by trade unions to focus on underlining the need for home working as figures show that traffic on the tube in London -– often used by commuters -– is more than three times higher than in the first lockdown.
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