Boardgames in the News: Fined for Playing Dominoes

The Metropolitan Police have reported that they have fined twelve people who were caught playing Dominoes.  According to their report, last Tuesday (29th December 2020), officers were called to a restaurant on the Whitechapel Road, London, where the owner initially claimed that the only people present were workers.  He tried to prevent officers from entering a darkened room where they found twelve people playing games.

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Whitechapel is currently covered by the London-wide Tier 4 Covid restrictions which mean people “must not leave or be outside of your home or garden” without reasonable excuse.  Chief Inspector Pete Shaw said: “The rules under Tier 4 are in place to keep all of us safe, and they do not exempt people from gathering to play games together in basements.”  Tower Hamlets Local Authority are considering fining the restaurant owners for their action and all twelve gamers were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices.  Perhaps they should have considered playing games online instead…

Setting up for online gaming
– Image by boardGOATS