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Herts police to step up Covid-19 patrols over Easter weekend




Police will be on patrol in Hertfordshire over the Easter bank holiday weekend as residents are urged to continue following social distancing and other Covid-19 rules.

Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls, of Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: "We're all well aware what is permitted as we ease out of lockdown under the roadmap and I'm grateful to see the vast majority of people complying with the new rules.

"Our officers will be carrying out additional patrols across the county over the long weekend, engaging, explaining and encouraging everyone to do the right thing. Enforcement action remains our last resort."

Even the ice cream van queue was socially distanced! Pic: Vikki Lince (45740973)
Even the ice cream van queue was socially distanced! Pic: Vikki Lince (45740973)

Hertfordshire's Local Resilience Forum (LRF) has been providing a multi-agency response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the county since March 2020. It is a partnership covering the NHS, emergency services, councils, Environment Agency, Highways Agency, Local Enterprise Partnership and military and voluntary sectors.

Darryl Keen, chair of the LRF's strategic co-ordination group as well as the county's chief fire officer and director of community protection, said: "I'd like to personally thank the people of Hertfordshire for continuing to play their part as lockdown eases.

"Since Monday (March 29), the 'stay at home' rule ended, but we're all still being asked to stay at home as much as possible and to maintain social distancing in our everyday activities, and I'm grateful to Hertfordshire's residents for doing just that.

Sworder's Field, Bishop's Stortford – Groups of people gathered on the field taking advantage of warm weather last summer. Pic: Vikki Lince (45740981)
Sworder's Field, Bishop's Stortford – Groups of people gathered on the field taking advantage of warm weather last summer. Pic: Vikki Lince (45740981)

"Knowing that one in three people with Covid-19 has no obvious symptoms, we must act responsibly and keep up with social distancing, good hand-washing and good hygiene as these are the best preventative measures.

"We've come so far, the end is in sight and as we all play our part, enjoying time with family and friends safely by following the rule of six and two household limit, we will all help to turn the roadmap schedule into reality."

Up to six people, or two households, can now meet outside under Step One of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap to recovery.

If you believe someone may be breaching the Covid-19 regulations, report information online, speak to an operator in the force communications room via online web chat at www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/About-us/Contact or call non-emergency number 101.

Sworder's Field, Bishop's Stortford – Groups of people gathered on the field taking advantage of warm weather last summer. Pic: Vikki Lince (45740905)
Sworder's Field, Bishop's Stortford – Groups of people gathered on the field taking advantage of warm weather last summer. Pic: Vikki Lince (45740905)


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