More cops to be deployed around Scotland tonight to enforce new Covid-19 rules

Police chiefs have announced a surge in cops from tonight to enforce new coronavirus rules.

In a statement, Police Scotland said they would ‘deploy additional officers across the country’ to make sure the new legislation is followed.

From 6pm all pubs and restaurants will close to abide to the strict curfew in a bid to bring down rising infection rates.

Licensed venues will be unable to serve booze indoors for a period of 16 days and central belt bars will close entirely for the period.

The Chief Constable Iain Livingstone made the announcement
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There has been concerns over a spike in house gatherings in the period – as pals are unable to meet in pubs.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said that up to the week of October 4, there were 365 reports of house gatherings or parties of which 271 were found to amount to a breach of regulations.

Officers issued 106 fixed penalties and made 18 arrests.

The top cop said: “Officers will be highly visible in communities over the weekend to engage with the public, explain the new advice, guidance and restrictions and encourage people to do the right thing.

“From the start of this pandemic, the people of Scotland have demonstrated impressive personal responsibility.

“They know that following the advice and adhering to the rules is the best way to combat the spread of coronavirus.

“These significant restrictions on our freedoms do not affect everyone equally and I have been clear from the outset that constables will exercise the discretion of their office to work with our fellow citizens in a collective effort to protect lives.

“The Police Service of Scotland will continue to work with courtesy, compassion and common sense to help keep people safe.”

Cops have had over 75,000 COVID related interactions with members of the public with around 4,000 or just over 5% resulting in formal enforcement action.

Livingstone said: “Despite overwhelming levels of co-operation and support, I am concerned that a small minority of people continue to host or participate in house parties and house gatherings.

Coronavirus in Scotland

“While restrictions have changed quickly and often, I do not believe anyone in Scotland can be in any doubt that house gatherings and house parties allow the virus to spread and are unlawful.

“It is very clear that, with some legitimate exemptions, people should not be visiting each other’s houses.

“Where we encounter wilful, repeated, persistent or flagrant breaches we will, as the public would expect and support, act decisively to enforce the law.”

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