Durham Constabulary’s response to Coronavirus

​These are extraordinary times for all of us, but as always, your safety remains our top priority. That is why we are continuing to work extremely hard to provide the best possible service to the people of County Durham and Darlington.

We all want life to get back to ‘normal’ as soon as possible and we all want to see our families and friends again.

But we will only be able to do this if we stick to the new guidance and act sensibly.

There’s a full list of government guidance HERE but some of the major changes now include:

• spend more time outdoors
• see one person from another household, as long as you follow social distancing rules
• go to parks and beaches to sunbathe or have a picnic
• play some sports such as angling, golf and tennis
• visit garden centres
• drive to visit outdoor open space, irrespective of distance

However we’d like to remind you that you still cannot:

• gather in groups of three or more people from different households
• visit the homes of family and friends (unless to help a vulnerable person, for medical reasons, or take a child to another household with shared parental responsibilities)
• go on holiday or stay overnight at a second home

Above all, it’s about taking personal responsibility and using common sense. The regulations are there to halt the spread of the virus and save lives – the lives of your family, friends and neighbours.

Our approach will be the same as before: we will explain the new guidance and encourage compliance, but our officers will respond with enforcement as a last resort when people breach the regulations and put others at risk.

For more information on the restrictions, visit the Government’s website.