Boris Johnson’s father will not be fined after he was caught shopping without a face covering, police said.
Stanley Johnson said he was “extremely sorry” after being photographed denying coronavirus restrictions while buying a newspaper at a store in Maida Valley, west London, on Tuesday.
The prime minister vowed on the same day to tighten the rules on these useless masks, reminding the public of the ২০০ 200 fine for first-time offenders.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed today that Mr Johnson would not have to pay for the breach because officers were not present at the scene at the time.
A spokesman said: ‘Of course MPS is not investigating issues related to COVD in the past.
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‘Wherever we become aware of an incident of violation, the authorities will try to persuade people to abide by the rules, to explain and encourage, only to act as a last resort.
‘After the event where alleged violations have been brought to our attention, there will be no opportunity for officials to be involved, explain or encourage, and those involved will not be able to respond positively to the process – as most people do.
‘Thus, in most cases it is not appropriate or effective use of resources to be pursued for investigation or application.
‘We encourage everyone to be aware of the rules and follow them.’
An official spokesman for the prime minister said it was up to the police to decide what action to take against individuals.
He added: “What the Prime Minister has made clear is that the rules apply to everyone and everyone should follow them.”
The Tory leader’s father said on Wednesday he was “extremely sorry” for the slip-up, admitting that he had lost the UK’s current rules after spending three weeks abroad.
Speaking to The Mirror, he said: ‘I am very sorry for the slip-up and I urge everyone to do their best to make sure that we follow the rules about masks and social distance.
‘My first day in the UK after three weeks abroad was true, I’m sure, there’s no excuse for not knowing the rules.’
It came as former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn was forced to apologize after breaking the ‘six rules’ at a dinner party with eight others.
He told The Sun: ‘I recently had dinner at a friend’s house where the number of guests exceeded five.
‘I realized that the other six rules were broken at the end of the dinner. I apologize for my mistake. ‘
Meanwhile, a Scottish National Party MP has caught fire for traveling after testing positive for carnivirus.
The whip was suspended Thursday after Rudergalen and Hamilton West SNP MP Margaret Ferrier confessed to wrongdoing.
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