Chesterfield's MP, Toby Perkins is urging those who've so far failed to comply with the recommendations to socially distance themselves to think again.
Mr Perkins was reacting to reports and photos showing crowds of people congregating in Matlock Bath yesterday, despite warnings from the government to stay at home as much as possible.
Some pretty depressing tales of the number of people in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire ‘carrying on as normal’. Shops for non essential items still busy and Matlock Bath heaving with bikers.— Toby Perkins (@tobyperkinsmp) March 22, 2020
We’ve all got to take this seriously, or we’ll kill people we love.
Simple as that.
He told Peak FM: "The person that you're buying your fish and chips off may well be the next person who's got coronavirus, and you could be taking it back to your family. People need to practice social distancing, it is boring, but it is the only way we get our life back to normal."
Toby also told us he has been getting reports from constituents that some pubs and cafes in North Derbyshire are continuing to operate, despite being ordered to close by the government: "I'm speaking to police today to find out more about what has actually happened and what sanctions are available."
Have had anecdotal claims of a pub and a cafe remaining open in our area this weekend. Can anyone verify this? And if it’s true, is it clear what the sanction for breaking this edict is?— Toby Perkins (@tobyperkinsmp) March 22, 2020
I will make further enquiries tomorrow, but can anyone verify this claim?
The Chesterfield MP was also critical of people panic buying at supermarkets: "The sense more broadly that you are protecting yourself by standing in a queue along with hundreds of other people, you're likely to exposing yourself to the virus itself, that somehow by doing that you are protecting yourself and your family is a nonsense."
"If your life feels at the moment like it's pretty much like normal, then you're doing something wrong because this isn't normal times. This is a very serious global pandemic and it will kill people across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire if we don't take those steps that have been outlined."
Just speaking to a London based colleague who has had a building turned into a temporary morgue for the excess deaths.— Toby Perkins (@tobyperkinsmp) March 23, 2020
We're two weeks behind London, so for those people in Derbyshire not yet taking it seriously, any suggestions for where we build the new morgue? #coronavirus