Lancashire Police is reminding residents it will continue to take a common sense and proportionate approach to policing Covid regulations as lockdown measures ease in England.
From today (Monday, April 12), pubs and restaurants serving outside can reopen as planned, along with non-essential shops, gyms and hairdressers. Spas, zoos and theme parks can also reopen.
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: “We all want a return to normality and today’s easing of certain lockdown measures is a further step in the right direction.
“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.
“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 pubs and restaurants. Follow the rules, pace yourself and drink safely.
“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: “We know 2020 has been tough but 2021 should be much better – we want people to remember it for the right reasons.
“If you are heading for a beer garden, have a good time but please be responsible.
“We’ll be very visible, will often have 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. Lots of our officers haven’t had much of a break since the pandemic started – please let’s do our best to help the NHS and all other front-line workers 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.”
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