Chief Constable: Stay at home this weekend, save lives

Chief Constable: Stay at home this weekend, save lives

Published by Jack Deery at 7:44am 10th April 2020. (Updated at 8:09am 10th April 2020)

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The Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum have issued to plea to people in the county to do their bit for the NHS.

"Wiltshire's beauty spots aren't going anywhere" that's the message from the chair of the forum as we're being encouraged to stay at home this bank holiday weekend. 

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard is asking us to not let the nice weather tempt us from going out our homes unnecessarily. 

He says that the majority of people in the county are listening to the advice and being sensible about it, but there is a small number who are still causing problems. 

Kier Pritchard told Spire FM:

"The key message we all want to get across is that the beauty spots, landmarks and the lovely countryside of Wiltshire isn't going anywhere."

"We are going into the third weekend of the government restrictions and, whilst the weather is looking promising, I recognise that people will be slightly fatigued with the principals and guidelines that are restricting our private lives but I want to urge people to stay at home."

The Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum is made up of a lot of different authorities including Wiltshire Police, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, NHS England and more. 

Police Car - Wiltshire Police - Blue Light (Mike Draper) (10)
The Resilience Forum is made up of a number of different local authorities

Chief Constable Pritchard, who is also chair of the forum, added: 

"The most important part of the restrictions is to ensure we maintain our distance but we continue to conform with full social distancing policy because that avoids us coming into unnecessary contact with people, potentially picking up the virus and potentially passing it on to people who may be more vulnerable and they may be more susceptible to losing their life prematurely."

"Every unnecessary trip outside of the house, where there is no reasonable excuse to leave, places you and your family and vulnerable people in your community at risk."

Mr Pritchard also passed on his thanks to all emergency services staff working through the pandemic. 


The following advice has been given by government about leaving your home: 

  • Stay local - use open spaces near to your home where possible - do not travel unnecessarily
  • Only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • Keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times

Everyone must do their bit to help protect the NHS and save lives. 

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