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Police patrols continue as lockdown eased further

17 May 2021

Amid the encouraging signs of the lockdown easing, NPCC Chair Martin Hewitt urges people to keep following the rules, with police also playing their part to help the UK beat COVID-19. 

National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair Martin Hewitt, said:

“The further easing of restrictions from today is the most significant change in the regulations since we started on our journey out of lockdown and includes the reintroduction of the ‘Rule of Six’ indoors with pubs, cafes and restaurants being allowed to serve customers inside.

“This is the third time we’ve stayed on track with the government’s roadmap, and it is a testament to all of our efforts in following the rules to drive the infection rate down, and the swift and widespread vaccination rollout.

“However, amidst these good signs, we must remain mindful that we’re still in a national pandemic and that the virus, which has taken the lives of over 125,000 people so far, is still in circulation.

“While I understand that people are excited to enjoy new activities, as well as seeing more of their friends and family, it really is vital people continue to keep the threat of COVID-19 at the forefront of their minds and stick to following the rules.

“The police will continue to play our part in helping the UK beat the virus and will take any necessary action against those who blatantly disregard the remaining restrictions. Anyone attending or organising large illegal parties or unlicensed music events can expect to be fined.

“Our officers will continue to carry out patrols and will engage with the public to explain the restrictions which remain in place at the time.”