There has been widespread anger and criticism spreading on social media after footage was posted showing people disregarding social distancing guidelines while taking part in Thursday night’s ‘Clap for Carers’.
A video, which has now been watched millions of times on Twitter showed members of the public and emergency services standing next to each other on Westminster Bridge and disregarding social distancing guidelines while showing their appreciation for Britain’s key workers.
The scenes have caused widespread criticism of the police for not intervening as people ignored lockdown rules, and also anger at those heading to the bridge to take part in the ‘Clap for Carers’, which is designed to be completed from people’s homes.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said;
“Officers, along with other emergency service workers, came together last night on Westminster Bridge to celebrate the work of all key workers.
“A large number of members of the public also gathered to express their gratitude.
“While many people adhered to social distancing guidance, it appears that some did not.
“We regularly remind our officers of the importance of social distancing where practical, and will continue do so.”
According to latest figures, 13,729 people have died after contracting the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the UK, and more than 3,000 fines have been issued to date for people flouting lockdown regulations.