Police chief praises people for sticking to social distancing during the warm weekend
PUBLISHED: 18:38 17 May 2020 | UPDATED: 18:38 17 May 2020
Norfolk’s chief constable has praised people across the county for sticking to social distancing rules on the first weekend since lockdown was eased.
Simon Bailey said there were “contrasting pictures” in terms of how busy places were and added the good weather was a factor in the numbers of people in some areas.
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He said: “The weekend has been unsurprisingly very busy. What we have seen is where towns and villages offering takeaway facilities it has been very busy but there has been very clear social distancing. Where those facilities and car parks have been closed it has been very quiet.
“The most important message is that people have been adhering to social distancing which is good news.”
The chief constable said that very few fines - in single figures - had been given out to people who breached social distancing and lockdown restrictions.
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He added that when his officers did give out advice or warnings to people about the ongoing restrictions they took the information well and were understanding.
The stay at home message for England from the government was dropped by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week and replaced with stay alert.
People can now leave their homes as much as they want to for exercise, picnics or sunbathing, as long as they are not experiencing coronavirus symptoms or clinically vulnerable.
Households drive as far as they wish in England as long as they return back home that day. Staying in holiday homes or second homes is not allowed.
People can also meet one other person who is not from their household in a public open space, as long as they stay two metres apart.
There were fears that coastal beauty spots would be overcrowded this weekend but some car parks, including the one a Beach Road in Wells and Overstand beach, remained shut.
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