The organiser of an anti-lockdown protest in London is facing the prospect of a £10,000 ($13,488) fine, the Metropolitan Police said on Dec. 28.
The Met stated that officers were called on Dec. 27 to find about 100 people gathering in Ray Lane, Southwark, in what appeared to be a pre-planned protest.
"We all have a responsibility to follow the rules, stay at home as much as possible, and help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in our city," he added.
"Anyone coordinating intentional breaches on this scale should know they risk very significant financial penalties," he said.
The Met said that the organiser, a 58-year-old man, will be reported for the consideration of a fixed penalty notice of up to £10,000.
Under the Health Protection Regulations 2020, gatherings organised by a business; a charitable, benevolent, or philanthropic institution; a public body; or a political body can take place if the organiser carries out a risk assessment that satisfies regulations and takes all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission.
The Met said on Dec. 20 that the female organizer of one of the protests, which was attended by around 150 people, had been reported for consideration of a £10,000 fixed penalty notice.
Lockdowns Modelled After Chinese Regime: Former SAGE AdviserAfter the Chinese regime started to lock down cities in January, many Western countries adopted similar methods to attempt to control the spread of the virus.
Neil Ferguson, an Imperial College professor who was a government adviser for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) until May, said the government didn't think it was possible to use lockdowns in the UK in the same way as in China.
Ferguson said that the data from China showed lockdown was "an effective policy."
Ferguson quit SAGE in May after he was caught breaking CCP virus restrictions.