Matt Hancock says police will enforce tier 4 and stop people getting on trains

Matt Hancock has said police officers will stop people boarding trains or driving their cars out of tier four areas following new Covid legislation.

Appearing on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show this morning, the Health Secretary was questioned if police would stop people getting on trains or climbing into their cars to drive to the Midlands.

He replied: ‘Of course, it is the police’s responsibility to police the law, and the law came into force in the early hours this morning.’

Hancock went on to say that he hoped instead people in tier four would instead ‘consent’ to the new rules, as he added: ‘The best gift you could give someone this Christmas is to stay home and not transmit the virus.’

He went on: ‘If you are home in a tier four area, you should then stay at home unless you have an exemption.’

Tier four was introduced in London and the South East yesterday afternoon, following a Downing Street press conference, which warned of a new highly infectious strain of the virus, known as VUI-202012/01.

The variant is not more deadly than previous strains, but is believed to be up to 70% more contagious, Boris Johnson said.

Discussing the variant, Hancock told Marr: ‘The two metre rule should continue, but what I would say to every single person is that if you act like you have the virus then that will stop the virus spreading to others.’

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