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Staffordshire’s police chief says he remains hopeful enforcement action won’t be necessary when new social gathering rules are introduced.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the new rules which see only six people allowed to gather together.
The move – which will be introduced from Monday (14th September) – is in response to a rise in coronavirus cases across the country.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said Staffordshire Police would take action where necessary to enforce the rules – but said he hoped the need to do so would be minimal.
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“It is vitally important that we all follow the regulations and restrictions in place which include social distancing and increased hygiene measures, as well as those covering social gatherings which will be limited to six people both indoors and outside.
“This continues to be a joint effort between the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and all partners including local businesses, and I want to again thank the vast majority of the public who are continuing to follow these rules.
“Officers will continue to be out in communities – engaging, explaining and encouraging people to act responsibly.
“We will take enforcement action where necessary but the efforts of the public over the past few months have meant police officers have rarely had to enforce the Government regulations here in Staffordshire and I continue to be grateful for the approach of so many people who have heeded previous messages.
“I am confident the vast majority will continue to do as asked and follow the latest guidance on gatherings as we work together to control the virus and keep people safe.”Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, Staffordshire Police