West Yorkshire Police is urging the public to continue to observe social distancing rules, ahead of the second Bank Holiday weekend under Government restrictions.
This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which many people will be keen to celebrate. Assistant Chief Constable Tim Kingsman said: “I know communities will want to celebrate this significant anniversary and with the anticipated good weather, the temptation to go outdoors will increase. “I want people to celebrate safely and follow the national advice is to do so in their own homes, on their doorsteps, or if possible and safe to do so, in their own gardens. At present, there has been no relaxation of the rules, so people shouldn’t be thinking about large gatherings such as street parties. “Being out on the street for such a purpose - or gathering in a neighbour or friend’s garden - would constitute a breach in relation to both ‘movement’ – leaving your house without reasonable excuse, and ‘gatherings’ – gathering in a public place of more than two people. “So far, most of the public in West Yorkshire have been really compliant with the rules. I thank them for that and hope it will continue in this critical time.” West Yorkshire Police’s consistent approach has been to follow the four E’s principle, to Engage, Explain, Encourage and as a last resort to Enforce. ACC Kingsman added: “This remains our position. We have really positive engagement with communities through our neighbourhood teams, who will continue to be there for people throughout this health crisis and beyond. “I realise this is a really difficult time for everyone but our priority is to keep people safe, now and afterwards, when things return to some level of normality. “Our focus is on working with communities and our experience has been that when we have had to explain social distancing requirement in more detail, people have generally understood and heeded the message.”
More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/her-majesty-the-queen-to-send-a-message-to-the-nation-to-mark-75th-anniversary-of-ve-day