Coronavirus: Police in South Yorkshire plead with parents to stop youths congregating

Police in South Yorkshire have issued an urgent plea for parents to stop their children flouting the coronavirus social distancing guidance.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 7:41 am
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 7:42 am
Police in South Yorkshire have urged parents to ensure their children don't flout coronavirus guidance, after large groups of youths were seen congregating in public

The urgent message was issued after large groups of youths were seen in Barnsley flagrantly disregarding the rules to avoid gatherings and keep at least two metres distance from other people to restrict the spread of COVID-19.

Barnsley West PCSO Anthony Holmes said on Saturday evening: “Plea to parents: please act responsibly and enforce government advice on social distancing. Last night, officers from Barnsley encountered large groups of youths throughout the district congregating together.

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“The current government advice is that we should all be staying at home and maintaining social distance. Please ensure you and your children comply.”

There have now been 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the UK, including 108 in South Yorkshire, and 281 people have died after contracting the virus.