Police call for calm as pubs prepare to reopen

Police call for calm as pubs prepare to reopen

Police call for calm as pubs prepare to reopen

Police forces across England have warned people not to risk swapping one lockdown for another as pubs across the county prepare to reopen on Saturday 4 July for the first time in more than three months.

Pubs across the UK have been closed since March to slow the spread of coronavirus.

But last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that large parts of the hospitality sector would be able to reopen on 4 July, with safety certain restrictions in place.

Chf Supt Chris Davison of Lincolnshire Police said:

“If you are heading out, it’s vital that you respect and follow the measures in place to protect you and that you remain in a fit state to remember and understand what they are. Take it steady and know your limits.

“Plan where you are going and how you will get home and look out for yourself and others.

“Please be considerate to staff and keep in mind that they have a requirement to have plans in place to keep you safe.

“The majority of people will be sensible and have an enjoyable night. Don’t ruin it with anti-social and criminal behaviour or you will be swapping one lockdown for another.”

The commissioner of the Met Police, Dame Cressida Dick, also said police had been preparing “for some time” and had “extra resources in place”.

She added that she was “not predicting” violence but that there would be “a lot” of officers on the streets, with “more ready… should people get violent”.

“My message is, if you’re coming out on Saturday, be calm, be sensible,” she continued.

“Look after yourself, look after your family. We are still in a global pandemic which is affecting this country very obviously.”

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