Following the Prime Minister’s final daily briefing yesterday (Tuesday 23 June) we now know that plans are in place to re-open society in the coming weeks.
I am sure that many of you will be eager to visit your favourite coffee spot with your loved ones or perhaps get that much-needed haircut, but let’s not forget that this is going to look very different to what we are used to. We must ensure we follow the guidance set out by central Government and local businesses to ensure that we all keep safe and reduce the spread of the virus.
While it is reassuring to hear that businesses are beginning to re-open, we cannot forget that the danger of the virus has not gone away. We have all made many sacrifices over the past few months to reduce the impact of the pandemic and we must not let our perseverance go to waste.
Over the coming weeks, as we all start to emerge from our homes and experience our villages, towns and cities in socially distanced way, we must all take a personal responsibility to keep our communities safe.
As the lockdown restrictions continue to ease, the role of the police will continue to return to usual policing business. Officers in Avon and Somerset are still here for you and will continue to be out in local communities to reassure and protect local people from harm.
Although lockdown has undoubtedly saved many lives, it has taken its toll on many people in our communities, and we must continue to take responsibility for our actions to ensure that we do not need to return to another state of lockdown in the coming months.
The impact of the pandemic is by no means over and we know that the virus is still affecting many local people; unfortunately some of our communities have been affected more than others and this is likely to have a long term impact.
It’s important for us to acknowledge that this disproportionality extends to the policing of our communities and I will continue to hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of local people to represent your voice in policing.
I want to thank each and every one of you who has sacrificed so much to stop the spread of the virus, it is because of your perseverance and sacrifice that the virus is no longer at its peak and ‘normal’ business can restart once again.
Remember to continue to follow the guidance and by doing so, we will save lives.
Posted on Wednesday 24th June 2020