Hot tub party host who ‘didn’t believe’ in lockdown rules hit with court summons

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hot tub party host who is said to have claimed he “didn’t believe” in lockdown rules is facing court. Nottinghamshire Police found partygoers from five different households mixing in breach of Covid-19 laws. Officers asked the homeowner’s name and details but allege that he replied “he didn’t believe in covid legislation” and “continued to be obstructive”.

The incident happened in Mansfield on Saturday and the man, 32, was reported for a summons to appear before magistrates. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper said: “I find it pretty astonishing that anyone would think it is OK to behave in this sort of way when there has been clear guidance given around not mixing households. “We are still very much in a lockdown as a nation and we need to keep abiding by these laws.

Covid is real and has the potential to kill people and we cannot forget this. Everyone has to do their bit to limit the spread of the virus and keep people safe. “Our approach has always been to engage, explain and encourage people to act responsibly, but we won’t hesitate to use enforcement action where necessary as we continue to do all we can to protect our communities.”

In a separate incident, a homeowner was issued a fixed penalty notice after police came across a party attended by 17 people from different households at another address in Mansfield, in the early hours of Tuesday.

Latest NHS data showed Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Mansfield’s King’s Mill hospital, had 92 Covid-positive patients in its beds last week, of whom 12 were on ventilators.

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