Is the lockdown on its last legs? In recent days public spaces such as Blackheath have seen daily gatherings of large numbers of groups as friends meet up on a daily basis.
Yesterday was the latest day when many groups congregated on the heath. Enforcement did not occur.
One witness states:
“I go past the church every day as part of my running route, I’ve seen the common busy with groups of people but they’re usually in their own bubbles of 4 or 5 and well distanced. “This was just a free for all of people, at least 50, they looked like they were mostly teenagers but there were some older with swanky cars. “There was music being played, dozens of nitrous canisters on the grass, it was like a party. I was pretty shocked by it.”
“I ran back around because I wanted to see if it was going to get broken up by police, I saw two police vehicles, one car, one van, both drive through the church car park. Neither stopped. I couldn’t believe that, there was no dispersal attempts, no engagement. Even pre-covid this sort of behaviour would surely have warranted police action.”
Locals were also irritated by many leaving behind mess in various locations.
Today the Government have revealed gatherings may be permitted next month – though in many places it seems that ship has already sailed.