COVID-19: Wiltshire must NOT be complacent as it comes out of lockdown

COVID-19: Wiltshire must NOT be complacent as it comes out of lockdown

Published by Mike Draper at 3:22pm 26th June 2020.

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Wiltshire Police is reminding you that the Government's next 'lifting' of restrictions doesn't happen until 4 July, so the current situation remains unchanged, with the same restrictions in place now as they were last week and the week before.

The county's Police force is encouraging you to not only stick to the current guidelines, but be sensible and responsible over the coming months.

People are being reminded that the Government's current Coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions remain in place this weekend and should continue to take personal responsibility for social distancing.

LATEST POLICE DATA RELEASED

The new statistics show:

  • A total of 224 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been issued in Wiltshire between 27 March and 24 June
  • None have been issued since 31 May

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has approved a process to provide scrutiny and oversight of the legality and proportionality of FPNs. A Scrutiny Panel meets weekly to review and test all fines issued in Wiltshire and Swindon with an option to rescind unlawful and/or disproportionate notices. A review of all FPNs to date was conducted and as a result 15 FPNs were rescinded.

The latest weekly figures (between Monday 14 June - 21 June) show that the Force recorded:

  • One incident linked to COVID-19 - the same number as the week before
  • Two crimes linked to COVID-19 - compared to five the week before
  • Issued zero FPNs for the third week running
  • No arrests for breaches of the COVID19 legislation

DON'T REPEAT SCENES IN BOURNEMOUTH & DURDLE DOOR

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said:

"A number of incidents nationally, including the situation at the beaches on the coast in Dorset, have highlighted the requirement to emphasise the continued need for us all to be sensible and adhere to social distancing. I know the media has been reporting the Government's latest announcement, that we will soon see pubs and restaurants reopen and will be able to spend more time with friends and loved ones."

"The Government has made it clear that we will only be able to enjoy these new freedoms if we are responsible with them. If cases begin to rise again, then we could very well see ourselves back in lockdown, so I urge everyone to use personal responsibility and behave in a way which will keep us all safe."

FEAR OF SECOND SPIKE IN INFECTIONS

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jerry Herbert is pleased to see the number of COVID19 related crimes and incidents that police in Wiltshire were having to deal with was continuing to remain low, but urged caution about what could happen over the coming weeks and months:

"The situation in other parts of the country, including in London and in Dorset, serves as a stark reminder that we cannot be complacent. It is clear that as more restrictions are lifted, there will be a temptation for people to ignore social distancing and believe that their summer can return to normal. This is not the case. Everyone needs to continue to play their part in preventing the spread of COVID19, so we do not see the second spike in infections that we are all so concerned about."

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