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STAY IN: Hertfordshire commissioner urges residents observe lockdown rules over Easter weekend

 Published on: 9th April 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents are being urged to carry on following the coronavirus lockdown rules over the Easter Bank Holiday.

Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd has commended both the public and police for the way they have responded to the emergency laws, while reminding everyone they still need to follow the guidelines.

He said: “Hertfordshire residents and business have responded very well so far for the call to action to stay at home and save lives, and now is not the time to let our guard down.

“I would urge people to remember that nationally we have more people dying from COVID-19 every day. We still need to relieve pressure on the NHS. Early signs are the infection rate is levelling off, that is because of the lockdown laws.

“It is going to be a hot Bank Holiday Weekend, and while I appreciate it is not easy for everyone, especially those without a garden or outdoor space, we all need to stay at home.”

Mr Lloyd is in daily contact with the Chief Constable and has welcomed the Constabulary’s policy of educating and encouraging compliance with the new laws, over enforcement.

He continued: “So far only a small number of fixed penalty notices have been given out in Hertfordshire for those who have disregarded the advice.

“Officers will be out this weekend for additional patrols in parks and recreation grounds to reinforce the messages.”

Individuals are currently only permitted to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of their household
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where they cannot work from home.

Remember, gatherings of more than two people are only permitted in very limited circumstances, such as:

  • If they are of the same household
  • If it is necessary for work purposes
  • To attend a funeral
  • If it is reasonably necessary for some situations, such as providing care and assistance to a vulnerable person.

This means that families should not be travelling to the homes of other family members, or friends, for gatherings over the weekend.

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