Posted: Tuesday 24th March 2020
Last night the Prime Minister announced much tougher restrictions on people to stop the spread of Covid19 in the UK and lessen the impact on the NHS and the vulnerable people in our communities.
From today the only reason people will be allowed to leave their homes is to:
- For essential food shopping (this should be done as infrequently as possible)
- One form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household only
- Any medical care or taking care of vulnerable person
- Essential travel to and from work (only where you can't work at home)
Advice given so far, to ensure social distancing, has not had the desired effect on changing people’s social habits and behaviours.
I urge you to stop wasting time trying to think of any reason that the rules don’t apply to you. The starting point should be that these rules apply to you and you must follow them.
These new, more stringent, measures announced by the Prime Minister are a clear message to everybody on exactly what we must do to stop the rapid transmission of this virus.
It is incumbent upon us to do the right thing to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and lessen the impact of this crisis on our frontline NHS colleagues and police men and women by following these tougher restrictions on our everyday lives until further notice.
I will be working closely with Chief Constable Andy Marsh, of Avon and Somerset Police, to help you understand the implications of these new measures for policing in your area.
We continue to be open with you and keep you updated with as much information as we can through this website and our social media. Follow us on twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin.
The Chief Constable and his frontline officers and staff have the full support of me and my team in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure they have everything they need to keep communities safe and support our NHS colleagues in the fight against Covid19.
Lots of people have been doing their bit to avoid unnecessary contact with others but central government has decided that the time come for us all to do more.
To help enforce these new restrictions, police officers will now have the power to fine anyone who does not follow the instructions and to disperse any groups they find in public.
The Prime Minister has stated this will be reviewed in a few weeks.
These are going to be tough times for us all, we must be compassionate with each other.
If you have concerns or any questions you would like me to put to the Chief Constable please send them to us via Twitter or Facebook and we will try and get them answered in our Facebook Live later this week.
Stay home, stay well, save lives