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 Covid-19 update: Please, don’t be complacent


​Please don’t be complacent – we are not out of the woods yet.

With the warm weather and upcoming bank holiday weekend, we are urging people to stick to the guidance around Covid-19, act sensibly and use common sense. 

This includes avoiding large gatherings and continuing to adhere to social distancing when out and about.

While the vast majority of people have been sticking to this guidance, there are still small pockets of people ignoring the regulations.

On Wednesday, we had to disperse a group who had gathered on the riverside in Chester-le-Street to drink, and were generally being rowdy and abusive.

Seven of them were issued with fines for breaching Covid-19 regulations. A 32-year-old woman was also charged after allegedly being threatening and abusive towards PCSOS, and swinging a glass bottle at them.

Meanwhile, in Darlington, large groups have also been gathering by the river at Broken Scar to enjoy the hot weather.

We don’t want to stop people from having fun, but these types of gatherings are simply not acceptable given the current pandemic.

The government guidelines are there for one very simple reason – to save lives. So please, hang in there and keep going.

As usual, over the weekend our officers will be on patrol across County Durham and Darlington and our approach will remain the same.

We will explain the guidance and encourage compliance, and will respond with enforcement where required when people breach the regulations and put others at risk.