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Would you report your neighbours if they broke the ‘rule of six’?

From today, any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law.

A Home Office minister is encouraging people to contact police if they see their neighbours not complying with new coronavirus restrictions as the “rule of six” comes into force in England.

From Monday, any social gathering of more than six people is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to both indoor and outdoor settings.

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said concerned neighbours should ring the non-emergency police phone number to report violations.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are in discussions about what reporting mechanisms there might be, but there is obviously the non-emergency number that people can ring and report issues they wish to.”

Pressed on whether that would involve reporting a gathering of seven or more in a neighbour’s garden, Mr Malthouse said: “It is open to neighbours to do exactly that through the non-emergency number, and if they are concerned and they do see that kind of thing, then absolutely they should think about it.”

What are your views?  Would you report your neighbours if they flouted the new ‘rule of six’? 

Would you report your neighbours if they broke the ‘rule of six’?

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RayH70
4th Oct 2020
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Whatever my neighbors do it is not my responsibility. I am only respresponsible for my own actions and remember you have to live with with them for many years to come that could amount to a living hell because of your actions no thank you
chinagirl2103
2nd Oct 2020
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Depends on the circumstances. If I saw family visiting and it totaled 8 or 9 then no I wouldn't. I think in those circumstances they would be very careful but if it looked like a party or barbecue with lots of people yes I would.
cehodgson
2nd Oct 2020
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I wouldn’t want to fall out with them. I think I would report a mass gathering because there won’t be the same social distancing.
ChrisP74
29th Sep 2020
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this is an interesting question that goes much further than it at first appears ! do we trust the govt ? do we believe the media ? do we like our neighbours ? do i have time to start counting how many people are in my neighbours house lol !! i dont have the authority to judge others or the information needed to make a decision . i just behave as decent and considerately as i am able . i get confused and am forgetful same as everyone else , i dont always do the right thing either , same as everyone else but i make an effort every day .
LyndaG21
20th Sep 2020
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I would not report my neighbours if they were not causing a nuisance to anyone by having more than 6 people visiting . Knee jerk reactions can often have negative long term effects and I live in a neighbourhood where people have respect for one another and where we help one another without living in each others pockets. I would much rather leave people to make their own decisions about who they have in their home and rely on the majority of adults to behave appropriately given the current circumstances. Use common sense ,a huge noisy rave is not the same as a neighbour having a little tea party for a child where there is good hygiene and the children are used to being in the same little social bubble
iestynlad
28th Sep 2020
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This is an appalling point of view. The rules are there to prevent people dying! I hope you can live with your conscience
ChrisP74
29th Sep 2020
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i like your post Lynda , common sense is hard to define sometimes because we all gauge it on our own thoughts and ideas , heres a thought that occured to me as i finished reading your post . this "social bubble " thing looks like nonsense sometimes ! yes there may be a small number of people interacting following all the rules (near enough , nothing is perfect ) but then they disperse and each becomes part of another "bubble" and then they all go home , back to work or school or whatever . any one or all of them could be infected and there is no way of knowing for sure , bubbles forming and popping all over the place lol ! most let their guard down when they feel in a safe place , do we stop following some rules when in a bubble ? am i missing something here ? what do you think ?
ChrisP74
29th Sep 2020
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maybe some people think that your view is appalling and that you have been rude and offensive to Lynda ? you are almost accusing her of causing people to die ! hows your conscience ? just saying !
LyndaG21
29th Sep 2020
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of course I can live with my conscience ,but can you live with yours if you are judging me so harshly on such a brief statement.I am not ,and never have been a sheep.I am an intelligent ,caring woman with 72 years of living behind me and I make an assessment of what I see before me and behave accordingly and appropriately.there is a lot of scaremongering and irrational judgement being made at this time.I am not going to fall into that trap ,I am not going to go about my life with abandonment of all common sense nor am I about to sit huddled in a corner full of fear and anxiety waiting for Death to catch me up
Retiredyorkie
20th Sep 2020
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No - life is too short to fall out with the neighbours.
iestynlad
28th Sep 2020
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They don't seem to care about falling out with yo
u though by spreading covid
SueC62
18th Sep 2020
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I wouldn't report them from the point of view that "I'm obeying the rule and they aren't" but if I thought their behaviour was presenting a danger to me or others in the vicinity then I would, but then that's what I'd do with any anti-social behaviour.

I do believe that most sensible people are applying a large degree of common sense and caution to their interactions with others. They might not be strictly adhering to the restrictions but they are limiting contact with others, wearing masks, socially distancing and sanitising regularly. I got caught out when I arranged to meet friends for lunch, in a hotel restaurant, outside my current lockdown area. I thought it was allowed but only found out after that it wasn't.

I'm more concerned about being around people who don't wear masks for whatever reason and I don't really care what those reasons are; I'm keeping well away from you. A lady slightly older than me came in to the same aisle as myself in Morrisons earlier this week. She was not wearing a mask, was close up to the shelving and openly coughing with no attempt to cover her mouth. I was out of there so quick and just glad I'd only gone in for a cleaning product that I could wash down with bleach when I got home. That's pretty disgusting behaviour even in non-Covid times.
ElisabethR
18th Sep 2020
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This is such a difficult one isn't it. Always follow the rule of six, meeting friends in Park or garden, socially distancing since out of lockdown in August. Social interaction is important for general and mental health. I live in an area of the country which has had few cases locally and, like most Saga members am of an age unlikely to go to a rave or to crowd a pub in the evenings these days. If meeting friends for lunch we follow the rules............ Would I if. Was in my early twenties, knowing it was unlikely I would be in any great danger? Especially seeing numbers of infections rising but hospitals relatively empty?
There are so many conspiracy theories out there, and everyone blaming the government.... Boris in particular...... Maybe we should stop the blame game and support them? They are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
So if my neighbours have a family gathering and they are 7..........no I would not.
A huge gathering of any and everyone? Yes I probably would.
Kernowbabs
18th Sep 2020
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If someone was having a party I would say that was wrong but still not sure I could report them. If it is a family gathering and it is one or two over the six that is their business and I would not report it.
JE
17th Sep 2020
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I don’t know about anybody else but I am getting more confused as time goes on. Although I think the ‘rule of 6’ was meant to clarify things it has raised more questions. Why is there a difference between havIng contact with large numbers of strangers in schools, workplaces, bars and restaurants etc etc but only up to 6 people in your own home, garden or wherever. Also they are likely to be your friends and family who you know a bit more about.
It seems that some areas with lockdown measures in place are not even allowed to mingle with anybody outside their own household but can still go to the pub etc.
If there is some logic to all this, then perhaps it needs to be explained.
As for reporting other people. Realistically, are the police even likely to take action against gatherings of more than 6, unless they are causing a disturbance, damage or physical harm. Therefore there seems little point in reporting them, even if you would want to.
ChrisP74
29th Sep 2020
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i too am confused by all this ! the more i look at it the less it makes any sense , maybe because we are trying to make rules for every moment of every ones day ? trying to apply logic to humans is pointless there are too many of us and we all have different ideas and morals etc ! maybe its the threat of possibly being reported that is intended to keep some control over the more reckless members of society ? as you say more questions at every turn !
JE
29th Sep 2020
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I am glad I am not the only one who is confused. My brain is becoming more fuddled and even Boris seems to have got mixed up with what’s going on regarding the restrictions in the north east - or as the media report ‘he has misspoke’.
You are correct about different ideas and morals of individuals and it amazes me how different people can misinterpret the rules to the extent they have. (All to their advantage of course!). I have just had a conversation with a neighbour and she said that she is doing her own thing and being her version of ‘sensible‘ but lots of things she is doing are not within the government rules and regulations and are far from my definition of sensible.
Anyway, stay safe and keep well.
viking
17th Sep 2020
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Jails are overcrowded in the UK-public statement yesterday.
So a certain section of the population who are on the bread line and do not have the money to pay the £3,200 fine, are they then sentenced to a spell in a prison with no room ??
Surely this must be an idle threat ?? Or maybe the fine can be paid by instalment method ??
Yodama
17th Sep 2020
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Snitching is what it is.
Too much hysteria and fear mongering in the media is turning normal people into a self regulating police force.

Shameful that the police are actually asking the population to grass on each other.
This is a dangerous step towards the kind of laws that "old" Russia adopted, when even children were encouraged to report their own families, who were imprisoned and sent off to the Gulags. A police state is emerging.

Good luck with fining.
Fining people will be the punishment, fining people who are out of work, can't pay the rent due to loss of jobs amid mass unemployment caused by our governments own actions.
I think the police are either panicking or have a darker agenda.


What happened to the 'Peelian Principle?' The nine principles that police have been governed by since Robert Peel since 1829?

The fifth principle commands policemen to " seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion; but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law.”

Cambridgeshire police are saying: “We have now developed an online form allowing you to report individuals breaching Covid-19 restrictions via our website.” The account shared a webpage where people can give details about a person or organization ignoring the rules.

The "New World Order" is bringing chaos, the people should at least keep their heads when...
"all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.? (Rudyard Kipling)
jeanmark
16th Sep 2020
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With regard to the Rule of 6, a friend posted this yesterday and mirror my own thought.

"So the government are encouraging you to report your neighbours if they don’t follow the new rule of 6.
Before following this advice you should really consider the fact the government won’t be there to help you jump start your car or lend you tools if you needed it.
They won’t be an extra set of eyes to watch your property if you are away. They won’t keep an eye on your kids if they are playing in the street and someone strange is hanging around. We need each other, it’s how we get by and live in peace because at the end of the day they won’t be standing there on your door step to help you out when s**t gets real.
Asking you to report people in your community is a scummy thing to do and it shows their mentality to be dishonest. All of them are the biggest law breakers and abusers in the country".
iestynlad
28th Sep 2020
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Hadn't noticed that any of my neighbours have helped me out during this crisis so yes I would report them. They know they are breaking the rules so what do they expect. I want this to end at some time
jeanmark
28th Sep 2020
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iestynlad, we all want it to end as soon as possible but obeying a rather odd rule appears to only apply to those of us not in the government. It would have made more sense to closed pubs and other such establishments rather than punish a neighbour whose grandmother came to visit!

Pubs must close at 10pm but the bar in parliament is excluded from the rule, we must all obey the ruled 6 but if you want to go grouse shooting, the rule of 6 doesn't apply. Common sense it what is needed and most of us would report those who had large risky parties with no regard for others, but report your neighbours who had a long awaited visit from some one they love because that increased their number to 7, sorry I couldn't do that.
ArtfulDodger
16th Sep 2020
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Apparently its OK to go grouse shooting as a party of 30 and to have a "grouse shooting birthday party". Its just us plebs who will get reported if we dare to break the rule of six.
iestynlad
28th Sep 2020
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DebJane606
16th Sep 2020
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I would not report neighbours. I find it hard to justify the rule of 6 when the government are allowing people to still gather in very large groups to protest. This must raise the risk of infection let alone all the damage, disruption and casualties it causes
Tr1sh
15th Sep 2020
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There is something very unpleasant about the idea of reporting your neighbour, particularly as it wasn't long ago that we were all helping each other. 🙁
JanisM11
15th Sep 2020
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This is such a difficult thing to ask a person to do. So I really don’t think I could report my Neighbours. neighbours
Lionel
14th Sep 2020
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No!

This is the thin end of the wedge, asking us to turn on our friends and neighbours. It will only serve to breed long term distrust and foment trouble between us. This is the behaviour expected of the French after the War, to turn in collabos and leave them to their fate. This is not France and it is most certainly not a war.

But it is a useless government, and an equally useless head of the Met, Cressida Dick for asking the same thing, that could expect that of the British people. At the very least they don't deserve their elevated jobs. They just aren't worthy of us.

Sack the lot of them!!
Tr1sh
15th Sep 2020
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Mazmul
14th Sep 2020
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I wouldn’t report a family and friends gathering in a private garden, while the government is encouraging people to attend much larger gatherings (of strangers from God knows where) to meet in pubs and restaurants. Nonsensical
Sue8656
14th Sep 2020
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The ruling varies with regard tochildren over the three British countries. Children under 11 should not count it is rediculous cause they can meet with lots of orher children at school!
GillR93
14th Sep 2020
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I feel that we should all follow the new '6' ruling.
If neighbours have parties or gatherings of more than that number and you know them not to be in a family 'bubble' then yes, report them.
Don't we all have a responsibility to do this? And why should people continue to flout these rules.?
SusanB57
14th Sep 2020
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If we can't follow simple rules we will never get to grips with this virus.
Wilf
14th Sep 2020
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I totally agree which is why places like South Korea and Singapore have cracked it as they all follow the rules-simple really!
KathleenC74
14th Sep 2020
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This ruling is nonsense, you can go to the gym, theme parks, swimming pools work, pubs, restaurants and there is no ruling how many people you are with in the room but you are not too see your family in your own home. We hear this covid secure bandied around for businesses why aren’t we covid secure in our own homes? If it’s making the government taxes and economy rise then it’s covid secure what a crock of **** .
anubis
14th Sep 2020
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My neighbours are very considerate and social distance when they have people round so can`t see that changing any time soon and if they had an extra person its their business
BettyH53
14th Sep 2020
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I believe people should take their responsibilities seriously, I would report a large gathering if I felt it necessary for the community to be protected.
Len33
14th Sep 2020
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The whole thing is a con. More people are dying from Flu and Pneumonia than coronavirus. We are being controlled, ready for something bigger.
A lot of people are living in fear and that is exactly what the government want us ALL to do.
The more frightened you become, the more subservient you will be and you will obey just about every command that they give you.
Not me! I think for myself and I have said from the outset of all this, that "there is more to this than meets the eye."
Do yourself a huge, huge favour and take a look at here:-
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Also, you will find more from him on BrandNewTube.
That, as the title suggests, is something new.
ArtfulDodger
14th Sep 2020
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Sorry Len, but that's dangerous nonsense. You clearly have not lost anyone close to the COVID19 virus or you would not post in such a way.
MargaretG992
14th Sep 2020
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Maybe if it was some sort of noisy rave, but not if they were having a handful of friends round
poempoet
14th Sep 2020
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They'd had to have a huge house party for us to report them and I don't think that's likely - just family round at the moment on both sides.
Bald123
14th Sep 2020
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We love our neighbours and they will all do the right thing so no. The rules are all changing the whole time so it is very confusing. Meet no more than 6...but go in a pub or restaurant or aeroplane or train? We all need to wear a mask though and do all possible to get rid of this virus.
Buckie
14th Sep 2020
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I’m very lucky as my neighbours are of the same age and we have all never thought of large gatherings or inviting family and friends round for a party we want them to be safe and all get through this but my friend has had to put up with large BBQs and parties all through this from March up till present day and she’s so scared to report them because of the abuse she gets
WilmaP1
14th Sep 2020
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Why 6 from 2 households. We are a group of 6 from 3 households and have been together in the garden and house from when restrictions were eased. Why do we now need to stop meeting
DotV1
14th Sep 2020
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I think it would depend on the scale. I wouldn't if it was a family gathering just over the limit but I might if it was a large party. I am concerned the affect over reporting would have on local police capacity.
Dinew
14th Sep 2020
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My lovely neighbours have ignored all advice since March. Would I report them? Yes why should my daughter be confined to the house when they can party every Saturday night away? They have made me so angry.
Marley444
14th Sep 2020
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We have really lovely neighbours either our age or older. I would not report them if they had an extra child or grandparent to visit - how can you leave grandad at home on Christmas Day and just invite grandma??? If I had neighbours who were partying or obviously have large social gatherings that would be different. I just hope people behave responsibly.
Dinew
14th Sep 2020
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I dont think some people know how to do that now. It's always some others persons fault never theirs. It will be someone's fault if they catch covid, it will be the doctor and nurses fault if one of their family members die, it will be the governments fault they cant attend a funeral. Never theirs. Blame culture is king. They couldn't do anything to stop it, its everybody else not doing their part. Slightly tongue in cheek but I wont be surprised to see "Claim for Covid" enterprises spring up...
viking
14th Sep 2020
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Agree absolutely Dinew, quite interesting about Claiming for Covid enterprises !! Was it a bit of fake news that I heard about, Donald Trump was going to sue the Chinese and blame them for the spread of the virus !! ??
On the subject of fake news was the Chinese doctor who defected to the UK really spilling the beans about the covid virus having escaped from a military installation in China ?? Blame,blame,blame !!
MrsPat
14th Sep 2020
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Depends which neighbours they are. Most are lovely but a few deliberately cause a nuisance to the locals and my bet is they would deliberately break this especially the kids.

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