But, fresh guidelines issued by the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs’ Council reveal that police are unable to enforce the two-metre rule.
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The guidelines urges officers to only act on what is written in law, adding that the “Government guidance is not enforceable, for example two-metre distancing, avoiding public transport or the wearing of face coverings in enclosed spaces”. “
It comes as National Police Chiefs’ Council chairman Martin Hewitt said that the two-metre social distancing is not enshrined in law.
He told Sky News that it is “not a policing role” to enforce two-metre social distancing – insisting it’s an “individual responsibility”.
“We are not in a position to police the two-metre social distancing.”