Extra police patrols in Doncaster as pubs and shops set for lockdown reopening
Extra police patrols will be on duty in Doncaster next week as pubs and shops re-open as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased.
From Monday, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers from outside while shops selling non-essential goods can re-open, along with beauty premises such as hair salons.
Streets are expected to far busier than recent weeks and there are fears that some drinkers – hitting pubs for the first time in many months could over indulge while there are also concerns people could ignore social distancing rules or tempers may fray as queues form.
Superintendent Paul McCurry of South Yorkshire Police said: “As many businesses prepare to reopen on Monday, our local neighbourhood teams are putting plans in place to support this latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
"This is a really positive step forward and we’re preparing to support the many shops, hospitality venues and gyms re-open as we take a big step in moving through the lifting of restrictions.
“Local officers will be carrying out targeted patrols and joining local authorities in ensuring venues can operate safely and Covid securely.
“Businesses will likely have had to make many adjustments ahead of Monday’s reopening.
"With this in mind I urge everyone to be responsible, be respectful of staff and patient as venues begin to welcome customers back through their doors.
"The measures put in place are there to keep you and those around you safe, so please observe them; wear a face mask and adhere to social distancing measures.”