'Do not be tempted to go out' police chief warns Bucks residents as Easter approaches

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable John Campbell has released a message to all residents ahead of the Easter weekend, imploring people not to be tempted to go out despite the good weather that is forecast.

Thursday, 9th April 2020, 1:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 1:38 pm

The Chief Constable said: “With Easter coming this weekend and the weather forecast to be fine, it is vitally important that the public continue to adhere to the Government restrictions. I appreciate that this is a time of year when we would usually be enjoying time with our families and friends, however these are unprecedented times and we must all do our part to protect each other and the vital services of the NHS.”

Mr Campbell continued: “I know these restrictions will now be well-known by now, but let me remind you all that you can only leave your home to shop for basic necessities, for one form of exercise per day, for a medical or care need, and to travel to and from work, but only where you cannot work from home. If you are outside for these essential activities please ensure you are at least two meters from anyone who you do not live with.

“Please do not be tempted to go out for any other reason.”

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Chief Constable John Campbell

And the Chief Constable wanted to remind residents that officers will enforce lockdown rules if necessary. He said: “As usual, our officers will be patrolling our communities during Easter. We will be engaging with the public to ensure they are complying with the Government directives. Where there is any misunderstanding about the measures, we will explain and encourage the public to follow the guidelines. However, when necessary we will enforce the new powers given to us by Parliament."

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable John Campbell concluded: “This is an unprecedented public health emergency and an extraordinary national effort is required to fight this virus. I am proud that the public and my staff have been working together to help save lives. I thank you all and I wish you all a very happy Easter.”