Why police could stop you in South Yorkshire this Bank Holiday weekend

Police are urging the people of South Yorkshire to pull together and stay at home this Bank Holiday weekend, despite VE Day celebrations and scorching weather.

Saturday, 9th May 2020, 2:05 pm
Updated Saturday, 9th May 2020, 2:05 pm

Officers across the county are conducting enhanced patrols this weekend as they continue their work to encourage compliance with Covid-19 restrictions.

Police say they will’ take every opportunity’ to explain what is expected and will ‘hone in’ on areas where residents continue to report people breaching restrictions.

Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “Although the majority of the public across South Yorkshire have abided by the guidelines, we want to avoid an increase in breaches this bank holiday.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told senior ministers on May 7 the government would adopt "maximum caution" as it moves towards a relaxation of lockdown measures imposed to combat the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Supt McCurry added: “Enforcement remains our last option and I can’t emphasise enough how grateful I am to the public of South Yorkshire for continuing to work with us and support us during this time.

“Please, don’t lose sight of why we are doing this. We are in this together, to save lives.”

According to the National Police Chief’s Council, residents are allowed to leave the house to buy ‘essential items’ such as several days’ worth of food, including luxury items and alcohol.

They may also buy a small amount of a staple item from say a corner shop, such as milk, bread, pet food and newspapers, as well as collect surplus basic food items from a friend.

The current rules state residents are allowed to leave the house once a day to exercise, which includes going for a run, cycling or practicing yoga.

Residents can also walk in the countryside or cities and attend an allotment.

Boris Johnson is set to address the nation tomorrow (Sunday, May 10), outlining a new ‘road map’ on how restrictions could be eased.

Public Health England has insinuated the "stay home" message could be dropped and reports suggest that those using benches, having picnics or sunbathing will no longer be asked to move on- provided they keep two metres apart.

The address is set to be held tomorrow on BBC News at 7pm.

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