A police officer was ‘addressed’ by bosses after telling the public not to walk on the road to avoid passing pedestrians, since crossing paths does not get you Covid-19.
Government guidelines require people outside their homes to stay six feet apart to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
The councils in England have been tasked with reassigning road space to a significantly larger number of cyclists and pedestrians so that people can distance themselves, according to plans announced Saturday by Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps.
But a tweet from the Metropolitan Police in Pinner South, northwest of London, said Wednesday evening, “If you’re going out, don’t walk across the road to avoid passing pedestrians on the sidewalk.
“If you temporarily cross paths with someone, you won’t get # COVID19.”
Scotland Yard said on Friday that official force advice remains in line with government guidelines.
A spokeswoman said, “We encourage the public to follow the government’s advice and guidelines on social distance while being aware of road safety.
“We spoke to the officer who posted the tweet. The tweet was published with the best intention to remind people of their safety. ”
Police have been told they have no authority to enforce two-meter social distances in England.
Guidance to the armed forces by the College of Police and the Council of National Chiefs of Police tells officers to enforce only what is laid down by law.
It says: “Government of the government is not enforceable; for example, a distance of two meters, avoiding public transport or wearing face covers in confined spaces. ”