'There will be enforcement activity': What the police say about Tier 3 restrictions in Sheffield

South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has vowed that officers will take enforcement action if people ‘wilfully flout the law’ when Tier 3 restrictions begin this weekend.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 12:28 pm

South Yorkshire was made the subject of stricter lockdown rules in an announcement by Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis this week.

He said local leaders and government officials have agreed a deal which will see Tier 3 restrictions imposed but a £30 million support package for affected businesses.

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South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings

The new rules will come into force at 12.01am on Saturday, October 24.

Pubs and bars have to close unless they sell substantial meals

People must not socialise with anybody they do not live with or have formed a support bubble with in any indoor setting, any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.

People must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue

People should try to avoid travelling into or out of Tier 3 areas other than for work, education, caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey

Dr Billing said: “If going into Tier 3 is necessary to stop the relentless spread of coronavirus, then the police will have a role in enforcing the new restrictions, for all our sakes.

“Having spoken to the Chief Constable and senior officers, I have no doubt that they will continue to do this in a proportionate way, but we should be in no doubt that there will be enforcement activity if people wilfully flout the law.

“Of course, the police cannot be everywhere all the time. It is essential, therefore, that we all play our part.

“Equally, the government need to understand that people will continue to observe the rules as long as they feel that what is being proposed is not just reactive but part of a longer term strategy to defeat the virus.

“How the Tier 3 restrictions fit into that strategy needs careful, constant and consistent explanation.

“I want the police in South Yorkshire to continue to play a positive and supportive role in all our communities during what will be a very hard time for many people.

“So far they have maintained public confidence and there is every reason to suppose this will continue. I want them to remain a force for good.”

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