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Weekend lockdown breakers WILL be fined, police warn as UK braces for mass rule breaking

Added 05-29-20 10:36:03pm EST - “Police chiefs and MPs have complained that the Government is putting them into an impossible situation by announcing the changes before a sunny weekend.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Weekend lockdown breakers WILL be fined, police warn”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Britons who try to see their families and friends will be fined, police forces have warned, amid fears that the country could see mass rule-breaking ahead of lockdown restrictions being relaxed on Monday.

With weekend temperatures predicted to reach 80 or even 82F (27 to 28C) in southern England, thousands could pre-empt the change to restrictions set to take effect in two days to gather in parks and beaches across the country.

Boris Johnson announced on Thursday that groups of up to six people could meet from next week in private outdoor spaces and even have barbecues, but stressed that social distancing rules needed to be strictly observed.

However, two experts from the Government's Sage committee have warned that the lockdown was being lifted 'too early', and that the Government was 'taking risks' by relaxing measures.

The easing of lockdown measures comes as the virus' 'R' reproduction rate sits just below one between 0.7 and 0.9, and the Government announced there were 324 new Covid-19 deaths yesterday, following a pattern of decline.

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