‘We want people to go home in a taxi, not a police car’ – warning for first weekend of Covid restrictions easing

POLICE Officers are reminding people to stay sensible and safe ahead of the first weekend that pubs are open indoors since lockdown restrictions relaxed on Monday (May 17).

Whilst pubs are now open indoors, officers are reminding people that there are still restrictions in place and that people need to stay sensible to keep people as safe as possible.

From Monday, groups of six or two households are able to meet indoors.

Chief Inspector Rachel Stockdale said: “People have not been able to legally meet indoors in groups of six or two households for a number of months, and we understand this has been difficult for people.

“I’d like to thank the public for their co-operation so far.This weekend we’re expecting it to be busy in pubs with the introduction of the indoor rule, but we need to remind people to stay sensible, as we’re not out of the woods yet, and we need to ensure that we keep people as safe as we possibly can.

“There will be additional patrols this weekend to reassure the public and again, we’ll be reminding people that restrictions are still in place and that people need to act sensibly.

“We also want to ask people to drink responsibly and plan their journey home – we want people to go home in a taxi, not a police car.”

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