This is the shocking moment when armed police officers had to break up a street party of 100 in a small cul-de-sac.
In the video – which you can view above – there is one reveler who asks an officer, “Is Covid-19 even real?” as he ordered people to go home.
Bodycam footage from the West Midlands police show that at least 100 people are breaking lockdown rules by partying on a Handsworth Street in Birmingham on Wednesday night.
West Midlands police say it was the largest meeting they had attended since closing rules were established on March 23.
A large number of people can be seen mingling ‘shoulder to shoulder’, including families and children, while revelers staged a barbecue with loud music – which clearly ignored the nationwide restrictions at public gatherings.
“Good evening folks, how are we doing?” An officer asks the audience at the beginning of the video. “Does everyone enjoy themselves?” He added before telling everyone to leave the area.
“This is a meeting that cannot take place under current Covid-19 laws and restrictions,” he continued.
A woman then asks “is Covid-19 real?” because she’s not sure, because she “hasn’t had it”.
“Covid-19 is real, yes.” The officer replied. “The reason we are here is to provide people with safety. We need to spread this group and make sure people can do your business. “
“This meeting must stop. Best of all, enjoy the sun somewhere else. “
It took several minutes for the crowd to disperse, and according to West Midlands police, no arrests were made and no one was fined.
According to the latest government-imposed lockdown measurements, Britons can only meet one person from outside their household at a time – as long as they follow social distance rules.
Chief Inspector Gareth Morris said, “This meeting was unacceptable. It was essentially a big street party. Such meetings are currently banned under Covid-19 regulations, as they pose a very real risk of spreading the virus and costing lives.
“It is important that people take responsibility for their own actions to prevent the spread of the virus.
“There were several children in this meeting who need parents to emphasize to their children the importance of taking a distance to save lives.
“We don’t like to keep people from having fun, but everyone has to acknowledge such a large crowd like this, given the current pandemic is out of order.
“The agents handled the situation very well, contacted the crowd, informed them of the current restrictions and ordered them to return home.
“No arrests have been made and no fines have been imposed. However, these people have been warned and if we encounter any more mass meetings at the site, we may well impose fines on the spot.”