Drunk people can’t properly socially distance, the UK, London police officer warned after finishing a late shift Saturday — the first day that pubs reopened in England after the coronavirus shutdown.
“A predictably busy night and confirmed what we knew, alcohol and social distancing is not a good combination,” tweeted John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federation, a staff association for police in England and Wales.
Apter, who was on duty in the southern England city of Southampton, said he and colleagues had dealt with “happy drunks, angry drunks, fights” and antisocial behavior. “What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance,” he said.
In a post on Twitter, London’s Metropolitan Police urged people to “please be responsible, stay safe and follow social distancing and other guidance that has been put in place” as pubs reopened.
But images taken Saturday night in the central London district of Soho, known for its pubs and bars, showed crowded streets.
Five pubs in Nottinghamshire, in England’s East Midlands region, decided to close early following anti-social behavior, police said, and officers made four arrests following reports of a smashed window and minor assault.