Thames Valley Police issue a warning about the end of lockdown

This weekend will see pubs, bars and restaurants re-open their doors for trading.

As we reported earlier today, 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.

In light of this and in an attempt to manage the crowds expected across Oxfordshire, Thames Valley Police have issued a formal statement on their website, in which they encourage everyone to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly.

Head of Local Policing Chief Superintendent Christian Bunt, has said:

“As these restrictions are lifted, the public have an even greater responsibility to adhere to the government guidance around social distancing and hygiene and play their part in stopping the spread of Coronavirus. Covid-19 still presents a significant threat to public health, as highlighted by the local lockdown seen in Leicester this week, and we must all continue to respect the measures in place to protect lives.

“As with any expected busy weekend, Thames Valley Police has a comprehensive plan in place with officers visible in our cities and town centres, as well as extra resources and officers available to respond to any disorder or criminality, wherever they are needed. And whilst we have no powers to enforce social distancing, restrictions around gatherings are still in place and we will break up illegal events and take action against those who organise them.

“We are also working with local authorities and licensees to support their plans to manage the number of people out and about. In some areas entry to a bar or restaurant will only be possible if you pre-book a table and not all premises are opening, so if you’ve not pre-booked you may not get entry to anywhere and you may wish to consider this when making your plans. Also make sure to pre-plan your travel and how you are going to get home.

 “We would also ask that people are mindful of the potential impact they could have on the emergency services and urge people to drink responsibly.

“We want everyone to have a great time and enjoy themselves but please stay safe and adhere to the public health measures in place to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.”

Please see the latest government guidance on the further easing of restrictions.

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