15th Aug, 2020

Police criticise groups after COVID-19 social distancing breaches in Bromsgrove

Tristan Harris 3rd Apr, 2020 Updated: 3rd Apr, 2020

THERE have been a number of breaches of social distancing regulations in Bromsgrove this evening and tonight during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Around 5.30pm officers from the town’s Safer Neighbourhood Team had to educate two groups of people congregating – in Sanders Park and at Pepperwood in Dodford.

And the SNT has warned a group in Warwick Avenue, causing anti-social behaviour, that social distancing rules were in place for the sake of everyone – to keep people safe and save lives.

Meanwhile on the A441 in Redditch, officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team on a late shift were stopping cars and vans to ensure their journeys were absolutely necessary and ensure people were sticking to the lockdown regulations.

Officers said they were educating, encouraging and explaining to people the importance of people complying with the rules.

More than 100 vehicles were stopped in the first hour as police pleaded with people to stay at home and work together to defeat the coronavirus.

The Government’s regulations, during the coronavirus pandemic state people can only be out of their homes for four reasons – to care for vulnerable people or attend a medical appointment, shopping for essential items, one daily exercise session and to go to work – if that work cannot be done from home.

Earlier today, Ruth May, England’s Chief Nursing Officer, made a plea to people to resist the temptation of going out during what is going to be a warm weekend.

After thanking all the nurses, doctors, care workers and all frontline staff for all their hard work, caring for patients she said: “I am also very grateful to you the British public for your patience and in helping our NHS.

“This weekend is going to be very warm and it is going to be very tempting to go out to enjoy those summer rays.

“But please, I ask you to remember Aimee and Areema (two nurses who have died after contracting COVID-19).

“Please stay at home for them”

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