People should speak to social distancing rule-breakers first before reporting them to police, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
In an interview with the Sun, Mr Johnson said he has “never much been in favour of sneak culture, myself”.
It comes after his colleague, policing minister Kit Malthouse, called on people to report neighbours who were breaking the coronavirus “rule of six”.
The new rules came into force in England, Scotland and Wales this week.
They ban social gatherings of more than six people but vary slightly in the different nations – for example in England and Scotland the law applies both indoors and outdoors, but just indoors in Wales.
Police have the power to break up groups larger than six and people who ignore officers could be fined