WEST MIDLANDS – In an article which sounds like it should be from the Grinch or A Christmas Carol, a Police Commissioner for West Midlands has announced that he will not tolerate any family Christmas dinners. He has promised that his officers will be patrolling and will break up any extended family dinners.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner says officers will enter homes and separate households if necessary https://t.co/eC1EyCmPVy
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 27, 2020
David Jamieson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands Police Department said that he will make the move to ensure that citizens adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions the area is under.
The level the area is at, known as Tier 2, forbids people from mixing with people outside of their households. Therefore, any typical Christmas dinner, which would have extended families meeting, are banned.
In speaking of his plans, he told the Telegraph:
“If we think there are large groups of people gathering where they shouldn’t be, then police will have to intervene. If, again, there’s flagrant breaking of the rules, then the police would have to enforce.”
“It’s not the police’s job to stop people from enjoying their Christmas. However, we are there to enforce the rules that the Government makes, and if the Government makes those rules then the Government has to explain that to the public.”
Christmas is not the only holiday that Jamieson is keeping on his radar. He is also warning people who celebrate Diwali and Hanukkah which also typically has larger groups of people meeting with each other indoors.
Jamieson fears that the area will see civil unrest over the lockdown restrictions in the area. He said:
“We’re sitting on a time bomb here. We’re getting very near the stage where you could see a considerable explosion of frustration and energy. Things are very on edge in a lot of communities and it wouldn’t take very much to spark off unrest, riots, damage.”
However, people like Professor John Edmunds, who is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, warns that actions like these are necessary in order to prevent massive outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus.
“The only way that we can have a relatively safe and normal Christmas is if we take radical action now to reduce incidence – at the very least in high incidence areas – and keep the incidence low across the country by implementing a package of measures to reduce social contacts.
The notion that we can carry on as we are and have a Christmas that we can celebrate normally with friends and family is wishful thinking to the extreme.”
However, these talks are premature according to Environment Secretary George Eustice who said:
“It’s far too early to say exactly where things will be by Christmas, but the Prime Minister’s made clear he wants people to be able to have a Christmas that’s as close to possible as normal.”
“And that’s what we’re doing, and it’s too early I’m afraid to say exactly what the situation will be by Christmas. But we do understand people want to have a Christmas that’s as close as possible to normal and to meet family and come together.”
“It’s an important family occasion and we understand that and the PM’s clear he wants to try to support that.”
The Chairman of the National Police Council also warns that predicting what the restrictions will be in Christmas now is too soon. Martin Hewitt said:
“We don’t know what regulations will be in place at any point going forward. When we do know those regulations, we will police the law to those regulations.”
Adam Wagner, a human rights lawyer for the area, responded to the threats made by the police commissioner to break up family dinners. In a tweet, he informed people of what the law is:
“The police have no power of entry under the Tier 2 (or 1 and 3) regulations. They would have to be invited into homes to exercise their power to disperse gatherings.”
The police have no power of entry under the Tier 2 (or 1 and 3) regulations. They would have to be invited into homes to exercise their power to disperse gatherings https://t.co/s0WTM5il2R
— Adam Wagner (@AdamWagner1) October 27, 2020
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Here’s a recent article from LET concerning the restrictions on upcoming holiday festivities:
California governor announces insane family restrictions on Thanksgiving gatherings – gets roasted by comedians
SACRAMENTO, CA – Current California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has listed new restrictions on how people can celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
To some, the new rules may seem like a needed safety measure. To others, they are absurd and read more like orders from a king rather than suggestions from a government leader.
Newsom has decried that no more than three families can be together for the holiday, and even then, no one is allowed inside the houses. Newsom also wants to ensure that the families socially distance and wear masks. All while trying to eat turkey.
You know, just your average family event.
In an even stranger restriction, Newsom has ruled that family gatherings shall not last longer than two hours. Apparently signing is also strongly discouraged.
Comedian Rob Schneider also does not seem to see much sense in Newsom’s declaration of his COVID restrictions.
“Dear Emperor @GavinNewsom. During our allotted 3 family limit this Thanksgiving, if my Aunt comes over, can I throw her a slice of turkey from the window? We promise NOT to sing…we will all just whisper, “PLEASE RECALL DIPSHIT GAVIN NEWSON!”
Dear Emperor @GavinNewsom
During our allotted 3 family limit this Thanksgiving, if my Aunt comes over, can I throw her a slice of turkey from the window?
We promise NOT to sing… we will all just whisper, “PLEASE RECALL DIPSHIT GAVIN NEWSON!” https://t.co/wJKM2sPBtL
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) October 17, 2020
This was not Schneider’s first Twitter attack aimed at Newsom, as he was also unhappy that the state wineries in 19 different counties had been ordered closed due to COVID, except for the one that he and his family owns.
At the time, Schneider tweeted:
“Enjoy @GavinNewsom 2020 Vintage Wine! A Smokey ash flavored Cab with hints of incompetence & authoritarian overstepping. Who needs science? Just Lock yourself down & go bankrupt with this morally corrupt table wine with it’s bouquet of one man dictatorial rule & 16.8% tax.”
Enjoy @GavinNewsom 2020 Vintage Wine! A Smokey ash flavored Cab with hints of incompetence & authoritarian overstepping. Who needs science? Just Lock yourself down & go bankrupt with this morally corrupt table wine with it’s bouquet of one man dictatorial rule & 16.8% tax! pic.twitter.com/TOEhHs9YXf
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) October 13, 2020
The absurd rules that Newsom is bringing forth is done underneath the veil of “loosening” current restrictions, so, you know, everyone should be thankful.
“We are entering into the holidays, but also we’re entering into part of the year where things cool down and people are more likely to congregate back indoors in settings that put their physical proximity and likelihood of transmission and transmitting disease at higher risk.”
Newsom’s office also will allow people to gather underneath outside shelter provided that they social distance and the outdoor breeze is present. He has also decried that no one will share food or drinks with one another.
What’s more, besides wearing a mask to a Thanksgiving dinner and avoiding singing, chanting and shouting are also “strongly discouraged.”
Newsom’s office contends that singing, chanting or shouting can increase the chances of the spread of COVID-19 “because these activities increase the release of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols into the air.”
Is this not from the same group of people that tell us that wearing a mask will prevent the disease from spreading?
So, if you are wearing a mask AND signing, the mask does not work. Got it.
Playing music is also allowed, graciously, as long as it is not from any type of wind instruments. You see, playing those instruments, even if standing six feet apart from someone who is wearing a mask, somehow can magically spread the virus through the air, through the mask, and beyond the six feet that they preach to us will keep us all safe.
Newsom also faced mocking earlier in October when he expressed his desire for patrons of a restaurant to wear a mask in between bites of food.
His office tweeted:
“Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites. Do your part to keep those around you healthy.”
Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites.
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) October 3, 2020
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