Police urge revellers to plan ahead and to know their limits


Police are advising people to plan ahead and know their limits if they are heading to pubs and restaurants following the easing of further restrictions this weekend.

Officers appreciate that people will be looking forward to meeting others for a drink or a meal out as another aspect of normal life returns.

Despite the eagerness to enjoy a good night out we ask people to drink in moderation, plan their evening and follow social distancing – to ensure the hard work that has led to the easing does not go to waste.

This weekend will see the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants that were forced to shut when the pandemic hit; but going out will have a different look and feel following lockdown.

Some venues do not intend to open, others will have a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing and it is expected that some will ask customers to book a table.

This makes it even more important to plan ahead.

People should consider making contact with businesses before arriving to check on any special arrangements by checking businesses’ social media, websites or calling to clarify what the arrangement might be.

There will be an increased police presence in city and town centres across Cumbria to ensure the smooth reopening of these venues.

Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Slattery said: “It’s been a challenging few months for everyone and we can all understand that many people will want to have a sociable night out as soon as possible.

“These re-openings are possible thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of everyone who has adhered to the guidance and regulations.

“With the easing of lockdown, guidelines are still in place to prevent a second spike and it’s extremely important to continue to socially distance wherever possible.

“We all need to continue to follow the Government’s guidance to reduce the risk to ourselves and others, including social distancing, maintaining hand hygiene and following the instructions of staff who have worked hard to make their businesses Covid-safe.”

Assistant Chief Constable Slattery added:  “As normal for busy weekends, we remind people to consider their own personal safety. The key advice is to know your limits, plan your day and consider how you will get home safely.

“The vast majority of people out enjoying themselves will be responsible - but we know some people may drink to excess and become vulnerable to harm or potentially cause harm to others. Anti-social and criminal behaviour is not acceptable.

“Some of the advice we provide might seem like common sense, but it takes little effort and will mean you will get home safely.

“We know it can be easy to forget safety advice when you’re having a good time so we will continue to work with businesses in the night-time economy to maximise safety and prevent crime.

“The key advice is to know your limits, plan your trip out and consider how you will get home safely."

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “I’m sure the public are happy to see local businesses opening and are keen to support them but we must maintain the social distancing guidelines.

“We all need to remain vigilant and keep in mind that we are still in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.

“I understand we are all looking to get back to normality but please follow the advice provided by the Government, the Constabulary and your local business.

“We do not want to see all our progress regress so please maintain your distance, drink in moderation, do not drink or drug drive and get home safe.”

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