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Common sense and proportionate approach to policing will continue as lockdown measures ease

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Lancashire Police is reminding residents it will continue to take a common sense and proportionate approach to policing as lockdown measures continue to ease in England.

From today (Monday, May 17th), you can socialise indoors in a group of up to six people or two households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres, and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday.

As rules are relaxed police are urging people to continue following both the rules and associated guidance as part of the government’s roadmap to coming out of lockdown.

Ch Supt Russ Procter, of Lancashire Police, said: “While we are moving back towards some normality and today’s easing of certain lockdown measures is a further step in the right direction it is important to remember that the virus is still with us and we don’t want confidence to lead to complacency.

“The vast majority of residents in Lancashire have shown tremendous patience and support in following the rules since the start of the pandemic and we would absolutely encourage them to continue to do so. We’re looking forward to seeing people out enjoying themselves but please remember to do so safely.

“Our overall policing style won’t change – we will still be very visible and take a common sense and proportionate approach to policing the regulations in force at any point in time.

“We’re of course mindful about a return to people being allowed indoors in pubs and restaurants. Please follow the rules, pace yourself and drink safely. Stick with your mates and plan your journey home.

“We’ll police with pride and professionalism and we will be engaging, friendly and fair – we won’t however tolerate significant anti-social behaviour, violence or criminality.”

Local authority licensing teams will ensure licensed premises are applying Government rules, meeting licensing conditions and keeping their customers safe.

Police will also work with partners ensure these rules are followed.

Ch Supt Procter added: “The last year has been really been tough for us all but there is cause to be hopeful. If you are heading for the pub, have a good time but please be responsible.

“We’ll be visible, with extra officers on patrol and will have a focus on pubs, bars and the night-time economy.

“We still expect it will be really busy for us across Lancashire. Many of our officers haven’t had much of a break since the pandemic started – please let’s do our best to help us stay on the road towards normality over the next few weeks by being responsible and having respect for yourself, others and the law.

“On the whole, the people of Lancashire have shown tremendous support and respect for the regulations – let’s make sure this continues.”

If you need us please remember it’s quick and easy to report non-emergencies and coronavirus breaches online – just have a look at our website here: Home – Lancashire Constabulary – Report Online

For more on how the rules are changing go to (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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