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Stamford, Bourne and Deepings police urge responsible behaviour over Easter

A police inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings is asking people to 'follow the science' and act responsibly over Easter weekend as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Insp Gary Stewart maintains the majority of people in the area have behaved responsibly since the outbreak of the pandemic and the start of government advice, guided by scientists.

And this holiday weekend he is urging people to continue this behaviour in order to keep on track for the full lifting of restrictions on June 21.

Inspector Gary Stewart at Stamford Police Station
Inspector Gary Stewart at Stamford Police Station

He said: "Our advice to people this Easter is to listen to the government and the scientists, and follow the rules they have put in place.

"We don't want another lockdown. We want June 21 mark the start of people's freedom again."

New regulations came into effect on March 29 allowing outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens, between two households or groups of up to six people from different households.

There should still be no mixing indoors with people from outside the household or support bubble.

Chief Superintendent Paul Timmins
Chief Superintendent Paul Timmins

Chief superintendent Paul Timmins said: “Government advice is for people to stay local and avoid unnecessary travel and I echo that request, but I am also aware that many will wish to meet with loved ones outside.

“We will maintain the approach of the 4Es to the new legislation using engagement, education and encouragement to ask members of the public to comply with the regulations. My hope is the public will continue to act responsibly and comply.”

Outdoor sports facilities are now open and people can take part in formally organised outdoor sports put on by clubs such as Stamford Striders and the various football and rugby teams that play locally.

Each sporting body has issued guidance to clubs spelling out what is allowed within current goverment rules.

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