A police chief is urging people to “do the right thing” when some coronavirus restrictions are eased next week.

Social distancing signs. Picture: GoToVan from Vancouver, Canada / CC BY

From Monday (29th March) the stay at home rule will change, meaning residents can gather with either two households or up to six people outdoors.

There will also be a reopening of some outdoor sports facilities.

But with some restrictions still in police, Superintendent Tom Chisholm, head of neighbourhood policing at Staffordshire Police, said it was important people still adhere to rules that remain in place.

“As lockdown eases, I would urge residents to continue to do the right thing – remember hands, face and space, and do their upmost to adhere to the latest government guidelines. 

“There will be a continued police presence as we move towards the next phase of the unlocking roadmap and officers will maintain their engage, explain and encourage approach. 

“However, where there are blatant breaches of the rules, officers will not hesitate to carry out enforcement action to ensure the people of Staffordshire are protected from Covid-19 and that residents’ collective community efforts are not undermined.

“We will continue to work with partner agencies, including local authorities, in our joint approach to assist people to understand their responsibilities in helping us tackle this deadly virus. 

“We know it’s an exciting time but we must not get complacent now.”

Supt Tom Chisholm, Staffordshire Police

Police say they are also prepared for any changes to crime patterns that may emerge as lockdown eases.

Supt Chisholm said:

“As the change in the rules becomes established in the coming days, we may see crime levels increase. 

“I would like to reassure the people of Staffordshire that we as a force have robust plans in place to tackle this and ensure we keep people safe as we see normality start to resume.”

Supt Tom Chisholm, Staffordshire Police

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12 Comments

  1. “Do the right thing.”

    Indeed, do their lawful freedom, these restrictions have had their time and it is shameful that the triumvirate of Tory obsequious MPs that we’re blessed with in the Midlands nodded through these “emergency” laws, 12 months on.

    Never, ever, lose sight that these restrictions are removing your freedoms, they are the anomaly, not you going out and seeing your family and friends.

    The scenes in Bristol maybe unpalatable to some, but this is how it starts when authoritarian laws restrict freedoms.

  2. Darryl….. I agree wholeheartedly with you. In Bristol the protests were peaceful until the police.. with shields and battons.. decided it was time to break them up. I experienced similar tactics at Salford when Thatcher wanted to eradicate trade unions. Nice as pie in the day, share flasks of tea and biscuits. Heavy mob at night in military style coaches breaking the bones (and transport) of people who were never violent.
    They justify repressive law by the situations they create. A total denial of our right to oppose any damaging legislation drawn up for political purpose. The news media, of course, follows their masters and advocate still more repressive legislation. We might be past the date but the ethos of 1984 looms ever closer.

  3. Agree with Darryl.

    It is as if being able to sit outside (in cold wet and windy April) with one more part of your family is a treat that we are being given for being good obedient citizens. If we are really good we might get more treats. We must be very good though or else it is back locked inside where we belong (apart from when we need to go to work).

    Either way people wont take much more of this or the violence and panic seen in Bristol will start to be more widespread. The Lockdown patience and tolerance of the general public is dying and whatever the authorities do next will largely fall on deaf ears especially when we have warmer weather.

  4. These restrictions and legislation are not to arbitrarily curtail freedom, but to protect people’s lives. If you can’t see this, I wonder where you’ve been for the last twelve months Darryl.

  5. Restrictions, lack of freedom, where? Seen precious little adherence to the rules in my neighbourhood since day one. Many of them by an age group who are vulnerable to the virus. No point in reporting them as police have enough to do. Perhaps the government should have set up a task force to deal with these offenders like they did with benefit cheats. They could have redeployed track and trace employees who have had little to do!

  6. I’d gladly go back to the way things were 13 months ago if it meant I was not going to catch this virus and potentially die or, be fine but pass it on and thereby potentially kill someone.
    I’ve no time for conspiracy theorists so don’t bother @tting me, biology isn’t a political concept it’s a Fact.

  7. There seems to be some confusion here about two different forms of legislation, judging by the posts. One is the lockdown measures, which people seem to be losing patience with. The other one is the new bill, part of which seeks to put restrictions on protests. Let’s be clear on which one we’re talking about. Some of the new bill I agree with, but the part of it relating to protests risks putting us on a slippery slope. The reference to Thatcher is relevant, her decimation of the unions is a timely parallel. Conservative dogma raises its ugly head again.

  8. @John Allan… Yes John I take your point too. The article is predominantly about the virus. In that regard the mood seems to be ‘what can we get away with’? The perception of the virus seems to create a dichotomy in peoples minds. “Yes we know that it could kill me but it won’t, and I might already have had it without knowing!” How many people do you think follow the news or the government updates on the virus. Probably only the already convinced. If I have learned anything from this serious situation it is that a substantial minority will flout the law regardless. As applies to many aspects of our lives (laws only apply to the minority who break them) but exacerbated here by the length of time we have had to endure it.

  9. Sorry Oxymoron… please read ‘significant minority’ in substitution. A moronic mistake on my part. I hope you had more empathy with the rest of the content.

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