PEOPLE are being urged to let the police know if there are blatant breaches of the coronavirus lockdown regulations in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Last week Bromsgrove Police slammed groups of people who – with clearly no respect for the measures being put in place to keep everyone safe – had been congregating.
Officers say the quickest way for people to report non-emergency breaches is online here.
In an emergency – if there is a threat to life (including crashes when someone is injured or the road is blocked) – people should call 999.
The emergency number should also be dialled if the situation is heated or could get violent, a serious offence is in progress or there is serious disruption to the public.
The deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text 999 if they have pre-registered with the emergencySMS serviceExternal Link.
Anyone concerned about a business or venue which is open and should not be is urged to check the guidance first.
PC Barney Kelso from Bromsgrove North and Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We’re seeking to resolve situations where people appear to be or are contravening the Government advice on physical social distancing and the stay at home measures without resorting to enforcement and issuing fines.
“Please only tell us about something if you feel there is a significant issue or breach which you think we need to know about.”
When you can be out of your homes
The Government’s regulations, during the coronavirus pandemic state people can only be out of their homes for four reasons – to care for vulnerable people or attend a medical appointment, shopping for essential items, one daily exercise session and to go to work – if that work cannot be done from home.
The Standard says……
It’s time to put a stop to these ‘covidiots’
THESE lockdown regulations have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus, keep everyone safe, reduce the impact on the NHS and hopefully return things more quickly to some kind of normal.
Over the weekend one of our most popular stories was Bromsgrove ex-pat Jean-Marc Knoll running a marathon in his Madrid flat to raise more than £3,000 for the NHS and International Red Cross.
This was a fantastic fund-raiser for two great causes but it also highlighted the tougher quarantine measures in place in Spain and other countries where they are now unable to exercise outside.
And whilst the UK Government has not categorically stated that banning people from going outside altogether is on the table we all know this could be the next step if this selfish, arrogant and mindless minority carry on flouting the rules.
The positive impact of daily exercise, particularly outdoors, on both mental and physical health cannot be over-stated.
For the majority of us who can get out, our walk, jog, run or cycle is the one thing we look forward to each day and for that to be taken away because of the actions of the self-seeking, narrow-minded few would be a needless travesty that would have a devastating impact on the lives of millions across the country.
So, if you do see people blatantly flouting the rules that do, after all, apply to everyone of us, please report it.
The police say they do not want to issue fines but – judging by the attitudes of some to this – being hit in the pocket will be the only way to get the message through to them.
Let’s bring these issues to an end so we can all get on and jointly defeat COVID-19.