When asked if she would call the police if her neighbours flouted the new measure, Ms Patel told BBC Breakfast: “I don’t spend my time looking into people’s gardens.”
When pressed, she added: “I think anybody would want to take responsibility and ensure we’re not spreading this awful disease and therefore if I saw gatherings of more than six people clearly I would report that.”
The Home Secretary’s comments come after Policing Minister Kit Malthouse suggested people should ring the non-emergency 101 number if they have concerns that their neighbours are breaking the coronavirus rule.
Any social gathering of more than six people in England is now against the law, in a move aimed at combating the surge in coronavirus cases.
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