Northamptonshire Police still out in force as end of lockdown put back

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Following the Government’s announcement that Covid-19 restrictions will continue past June 21, Northamptonshire Police is still preparing to be out in force in town centres at night.

The decision, made to control a rise in coronavirus cases, means nightclubs must remain closed and limits are still in place around indoor hospitality.

However the Force is still putting out large numbers of officers to ensure frustrated would-be revellers don’t cause issues in town centres, public spaces such as parks, or at house parties.

Superintendent Adam Ward, who leads on night-time economy (NTE) policing for the Force, said: “Our plans for policing the reopened NTE have been in development for months, and we know that many people are likely to be very disappointed at this necessary delay to the lifting of Covid rules.

“We’re still going to have double the usual number of officers on duty over the next few days and the weekend, to help make sure that any displacement of people who would have been enjoying a night out in licensed premises to other spaces happens safely and within the ongoing coronavirus legislation.

“If you’re going to be heading out, please stick to the rule of six indoors, or 30 outdoors, follow the Covid-19 measures in place in venues, and behave responsibly and safely – if you don’t, our officers will be ready and waiting for you.”

The Force is supporting Public Health colleagues in encouraging people to use lateral flow testing twice a week, especially as socialising increases, to identify asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 and allow those affected to follow the relevant self-isolation rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Read the full list of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus