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Norfolk and Suffolk Police thank the public who stayed at home on the weekend

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Both of the county's forces have thanked the majority of people this weekend who followed Government instructions to stay home and stay safe.

However, while the majority have listened to the advice not to travel to tourist spots and parks, there are concerns over the number of people who ignored social distancing guidelines by visiting other households, including for barbecues and parties.

Norfolk police received 160 calls from members of the public reporting people ignoring the guidelines on Saturday (April 4) and a further 198 calls on Sunday (April 5), with Suffolk Constabulary receiving 119 calls on Saturday and a further 142 calls the following day.

Though the majority of people stayed at home, both forces reported that some did not listen to the guidelines.
Though the majority of people stayed at home, both forces reported that some did not listen to the guidelines.

Over the whole weekend, Norfolk forces handed out 109 warnings to those in public or gathered at other addresses and in Suffolk a total of 178 warnings were given.

Assistant chief Constable for Norfolk Police, Julie Wvendth, said: "I would like to thank the majority of the public who have listened to the Government guidelines to stay home and stay safe over the weekend.

"Our stance has been to engage and educate but where people have breached the guidelines we have taken appropriate action to enforce them.

"Sadly there is still a minority who believe it is acceptable to continue to ignore the rules and potentially put lives at risk.

"Our biggest concern following the weekend is the number of people who have attended other households, particularly for barbecues or parties. The Government guidelines are clear and people should not be visiting friends or family. Joining friends and family is a big risk of spreading the virus and damaging the NHS’s ability to manage patient care.

"This virus does not discriminate between friends, families or strangers and it can be transmitted between anyone. If you are supporting relatives and friends in at risk groups – such as doing shopping for them – leave it on their doorstep and stay at least two metres away from them.

"I would urge people to consider their plans carefully for the forthcoming Easter weekend and follow the Government advice on social distancing. Unless your travel is essential, the only plans you should be making are to stay home and stay safe in order to protect the NHS and save lives.”

For the latest information and advice, go to www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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